Should you still trust Facebook?

Consumer Reports study finds 7 of 10 Facebook users have changed behavior

By Consumer Reports

If months of reading about deceitful quiz apps, political meddling by Russian bots, and unchecked data collection have you rethinking your relationship with Facebook, you’re not alone. 

A recent Consumer Reports survey found that seven out of 10 Facebook users changed their behavior after the Cambridge Analytica scandal. More than 1 in 3 became more cautious about their posts, revised privacy settings, and turned off location tracking. 

Still concerned about Facebook collecting your data? CR recommends you take a few additional steps: 

You can turn off location tracking, you can turn off facial recognition, and you can turn on two-factor authentication. That’s when your account requests a second bit of information -- like a code sent to your phone -- before allowing you to log in.

What did the survey find about “fake news” on Facebook? More than half of users said they read news on Facebook that they initially thought was true ... but later realized was not true. 

So, with all of these concerns, Consumer Reports found that people are sticking with Facebook for pretty basic reasons: it’s the easiest way to stay connected with people. And 32 percent said it’s the best way to remember birthdays.

What else did CR learn? Even with these concerns, people still want Facebook to be free. Well, the majority of Facebook users. Nine out of 10 aren’t willing to pay a fee to stop Facebook from collecting their data.

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