Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Survey claims that 9% of Facebook users have deleted their accounts

Survey claims that 9% of Facebook users have deleted their accounts

Patience with the social network had already worn thin among users, advertisers and investors after the company said last year that Russian Federation used Facebook for years to try to sway USA politics, an allegation Moscow denies. When pressed by Rep.

"What we saw at these hearings is that he is resisting changing the business model of Facebook, which is based entirely on harvesting user data and taking that data and use that data to help target ads", David McCabe, a tech reporter with Axios, told Al Jazeera.

Consulting firm Creative Strategies polled 1,000 Americans earlier this month and found that 17 percent had uninstalled the Facebook app from their smartphones; 9 percent had deleted their account altogether.

"I don't want to vote to have to regulate Facebook, but by God, I will", Republican Senator John Kennedy told Zuckerberg on Tuesday.

Facebook has been consumed by turmoil for almost a month, since it came to light that millions of users' personal information was wrongly harvested from the website by Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that has counted US President Donald Trump's election campaign among its clients.

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Lujan also asked Zuckerberg how many data points they have on Facebook and non-Facebook users. If so, Facebook could be subject to hefty fines. Facebook's uncaring algorithm even informs us when work rivals update their job status with promotions we wanted. Reps for Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment clarifying his remarks. The hearing marked his first time ever testifying on Capitol Hill.

House lawmakers aggressively questioned Zuckerberg Wednesday on user data, privacy settings and whether the company is biased against conservatives. Some of the House members curtly cut him off in questioning, trying to make the most of their four minutes each.

For 14 years, Mark Zuckerberg was free to use any means he could imagine to build his social network into an internet and advertising colossus with tens of billions of dollars in revenue.

That makes up almost all of Zuckerberg's total net worth - good enough to make him the seventh richest person in the world, according to real-time data tracked by Forbes. Zuckerberg said he will know more when the current investigation is over.

"The internet is growing in importance around the world in people's lives, and I think that it is inevitable that there will need to be some regulation".

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In both hearings, legislators pushed Zuckerberg on its potential monopoly power.

"Consumers have the right to know if their personal information is being sold and they have the right to easily see what data has already been sold or distributed", said Klobuchar in a statement. Facebook also owns Instagram and WhatsApp, two of the most largely used social media apps in the world.

If and how Facebook plans to implement the portion of Europe's GDPR-a sweeping digital privacy law-that gives users the right to object to the processing of their personal data for marketing purposes in the US. The company's chief security officer, Alex Stamos, took to Twitter to complain that Facebook and other "platforms" were being held to a double standard concerning the profiles, since they may well "have been criticized as monopolists for locking them down".

Democratic Representative Debbie Dingell expressed frustration with Zuckerberg's frequent promises to get back to lawmakers later in writing.

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