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People Are Deleting Facebook After All

Dave Parrack 05-09-2018

It looks like Facebook’s recent issues have affected the way people use the social network. This is according to a report by the Pew Research Center, which recently polled people in the United States to determine how people’s attitudes are changing.


Facebook hasn’t had the best of years. There are claims Facebook was used as a tool in the 2016 Presidential Election, plus the Cambridge Analytica scandal Why Facebook's Privacy Scandal Might Be Good for Us All Facebook's mask fell following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but it's not all bad news. Here's why it's a good thing this scandal made headlines worldwide. Read More , which saw people’s personal information leaked. All of which led to the #DeleteFacebook campaign.

But did anyone actually delete Facebook as a result?

People’s Changing Relationship With Facebook

According to the Pew Research Center, yes they did. Pew interviewed 4,594 U.S. adults between May 29 and June 11, and the results suggest that recent controversies have had a significant influence on people’s relationship with Facebook.

Pew found that over the past 12 months, 54 percent have “adjusted their privacy settings,” 42 percent have “taken a break from checking the platform for a period of several weeks or more,” and 26 percent have “deleted the Facebook app” altogether.

In all, 74 percent of Facebook users have taken at least one of these actions.


Pew determined that people’s political persuasion wasn’t a determining factor in all of this. In fact, “nearly identical shares of Democrats and Republicans use Facebook”, and neither was more likely to have deleted the app over the past 12 months.

However, age is a deciding factor, with the younger generations more likely to have taken affirmative action. An astounding 44 percent of 18 to 29-year-olds claim to have deleted the Facebook app, compared to just 12 percent of users aged 65 and above.

Facebook’s Somewhat Stained Reputation

These numbers should, of course, be taken with a pinch of salt. Facebook now boasts around 2.2 billion users, so Pew’s sample size of a few thousand is insignificant. Still, the results of this poll suggest Facebook’s reputation has been somewhat stained.

Having read how people have reacted to Facebook’s recent troubles you should discover why Facebook is a security nightmare. And then have Facebook’s new privacy settings explained to you. Or perhaps you need persuading not to delete Facebook 7 Reasons Not to Delete Facebook #DeleteFacebook A growing number of people are calling on us all to #DeleteFacebook. However, while it's not perfect, we believe there are multiple reasons not to delete Facebook. Read More instead.

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  1. sandip
    September 25, 2018 at 8:24 am

    I also Use Fb very Rate. Its Of No Use! Just Fb just helps use to lower our Self - Esteem! By always looking at others.

  2. dragonmoputh
    September 6, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    That's the problem with statistics and polls. They can be spun any which way you desire. Had the results of the poll of 4594 people been more positive for Facebook, the poll would have been hailed a showing a significant trend. But since it is somewhat negative, the number of respondents is deemed to be "insignificant" and therefore so is the poll.

    • Horsham Hobo
      September 6, 2018 at 5:18 pm

      One might argue that 44% of US users between ages 18 to 29 deleting the app is not somewhat negative.

      • dragonmouth
        September 6, 2018 at 6:59 pm

        One might argue anything using statistics and be right.

        The way I read it, it was 44% of of the poll responders between 18-29 who deleted the app, not 44% of all US users.