The theft of users' personal information from Facebook by Cambridge Analytica and the resulting #DeleteFacebook movement have left many Americans and other users around the world distrustful of the social media platform and considering deleting their accounts.
Blind, an online forum for tech workers, recently asked its users, "Will Facebook's data breach lead you to delete your Facebook account?" Of the 2,600 users that responded, 31 percent said, "Yes."
A survey conducted by Reuters found that around 50 percent of Americans do not trust Facebook to "obey laws that protect [your] personal information." Americans were significantly more distrustful of Facebook than any other platform, including Amazon, Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Yahoo.
Those numbers suggest that tech employees are less likely than the general public to delete Facebook. However, around half of non-Facebook employees who responded to the Blind survey said they would delete Facebook. Only two percent of Facebook employees surveyed said they would get rid of the application.
On the other hand, the co-founder of WhatsApp, which was purchased by Facebook, and Facebook's former user growth chief, have both made statements against Facebook. Sissi Cao "Poll Shows 31 Percent of Tech Workers Will Delete Facebook Following Data Breach," observer.com (Mar. 27, 2018).