NEWS: 60% of Facebook members consider quitting over privacy
A poll if 1588 Facebook users shows that 60% of users have considered leaving Facebook over the social network’s attitude towards privacy. This will cheer all those, including me, who object vehemently to Facebook’s recent privacy changes.
This poll shows that the majority of users are fed up with the lack of control that Facebook gives users over their data. Most still don’t know how to set their Facebook privacy options safely, finding the whole system confusing. What’s needed is a fundamental shift towards asking users to ‘opt-in’ to sharing information, rather than to ‘opt-out’.
Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant, Sophos
Sadly, I doubt if this is a fair representation of all FB users. Most of Sophos’ polls are conducted online on their site (there’s nothing to indicate that this is different). If you visit the Sophos site, you are interested in security. If you’re interested in security, you’re concerned about privacy. So there will be a heavy bias towards people already concerned about FB’s privacy in those taking part in the survey. That said, it is clear that the word is out: boycott FB until they get real over privacy.