Facebook users love announcing to the world that they’ve checked in at Disneyland, uploading hashtag-filled selfies and writing public posts with a little too much information. On more than any other social platform, it seems that Facebook users are most willing to hand Mark Zuckerberg and company their intimate details, such as hometown, college, employer, who they’re dating and birthdate.
But when 4,000 U.S. users were asked if they trust Facebook with their personal data, the answer was a resounding, “No.”
A new study by online identity manager MyLife shows that 82.9 percent of those polled said they did not trust Facebook with their personal information.
MyLife asked these people if they trust Facebook, the government, LinkedIn and Google with their personal information. Facebook came in first, with 82.9 percent of people giving the thumbs down to the social network.
Even after the PRISM and NSA scandals, those who were asked said they trusted the U.S. government more than Facebook. The government got a “no” answer from 76.8 percent.
LinkedIn and Google were a little more favorably received, but the majority still said they aren’t to be trusted with personal data.
Facebook’s ability for advertisers to target their interests so closely is likely the cause of the lack of trust. Because Facebook is so powerful from a marketing perspective, users can also be “creeped out” when they see something that almost seems like Facebook looked through their front door window to figure out. For this reason, it feels like Facebook just gives personal information away and therefore probably causes the distrust.
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