11 Million Users Abandon Facebook
September 17, 2013
A new report by the Daily Mail reveals Facebook users are abandoning the social media giant at
an unprecedented rate over privacy concerns.
New research shows Facebook has lost a total of eleven million users, nine million in the US and two
million in Britain. Researchers at the University of Vienna analyzed 600 users and found they quit for
the following reasons:
Privacy concerns – 48.3 percent
General dissatisfaction – 13.5 percent
Shallow conversations – 12.6 percent
Fear of becoming addicted – 6 percent
Studies show the majority of users that quit the site were older males.
Facebook, among other tech giants, have been repeatedly under scrutiny for their lack of user privacy,
including turning over thousands of user’s info to the government. In August, Infowars revealed
Facebook submitted information on approximately 38,000 users in 74 countries during the first half of
Over half of the requests originated from inside of the United States. Tech giants are unable to reveal
absolute numbers on how many requests they’ve submitted to because the government prohibits them
from doing so. However, companies like Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Yahoo have formed a
unique alliance and are fighting back.
The tech alliance is putting pressure on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) court by filing
motions asking to publicly disclose more details about secret national intelligence requests, instead of
just releasing approximations.
“We believe there is more information that the public deserves to know, and that would help foster an
informed debate about whether government security programs adequately balance privacy interests
when attempting to keep the public safe,” said Facebook’s general counsel Colin Stretch.
“Editor of the journal Cyberpsychology, Behaviour and Social Networking which published the
findings, said: ‘Given high profile stories such as WikiLeaks and the recent NSA surveillance reports,
individual citizens are becoming increasingly more wary of cyber-related privacy concerns,’” reported
Facebook has also been under close examination for their recently updated “Statement of Rights and
Responsibilities” policy which states users’ profile data including their profile picture, name and
personal information “could show up as part of a Facebook ad their friends may see on the site,”
according to a report by Mashable.
Even more controversy surrounded the social media giant when they announced the update of the “Tag
Suggest” feature, which would allow facial recognition technology “to speed up the process of
‘tagging’ friends and acquaintances who appear in photos posed on the network,” reported Reuters.
As you can see, users’ concerns over privacy, or lack thereof, are certainly substantiated. However, if
your information isn’t being collected through Facebook, NSA’s spy program, PRISM, is sure to scoop
up your info in some other way, most likely through email or cellular data.
BECAUSE THERE'S A WAR ON FOR YOUR MIND