A quarter (26%) of Facebook users in the US have removed the application of the social network from their smartphone for a year, according to a poll released Wednesday by the independent institute Pew Research Center.
Not surprisingly, the movement is even more marked among 18-29 year olds: 44% claim to have erased the application of their mobile phone between June 2017 and June 2018.
Deleting the app does not mean unsubscribing from Facebook.
The survey was conducted from May 29 to June 11, on a sample of 3,413 Facebook users, from a larger sample of 4,594 people.
The case has raised awareness among many Internet users, who are suddenly worried about the dissemination of their personal data.
The entry into force at the end of May of the new European Regulation on the Protection of Personal Data (GDPR) has once again attracted users’ attention to the subject.
Facebook has responded by making it easier to change user settings.
Of the twelve months studied by the Pew Research Center, 54% of Facebook page holders in the United States claim to have changed their user settings. Among 18-29 year olds, the proportion rises to 64%.
And 42% of respondents say they have voluntarily stopped visiting their page for several weeks or more.
Some 74% of social network users said they had done at least one of these three actions (remove the application, change the settings, no longer consult) during the twelve months of the period.