Facebook Has A Health Issue--And Users Are Getting Sick Of It

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BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- In a world where it sometimes seems too many bad deeds go unpunished, it’s oddly reassuring to see that even the biggest, most powerful businesses in the world can bring themselves down by being arrogant, incompetent and greedy.

Consider the saga of Facebook, the world’s third most valuable brand with a valuation approaching $100 billion.

Not long ago, it seemed world domination was their destiny.

But according to a new Pew Research Center study, there are red flags all over the place for Facebook here in the US.

“Just over half of Facebook users ages 18 and older say they have adjusted their privacy settings in the past 12 months,” the study finds. “Around four-in-ten say they have taken a break from checking the platform for a period of several weeks or more, while around a quarter say they have deleted the Facebook app from their cellphone. All told, some 74% of Facebook users say they have taken at least one of these three actions in the past year.”

Why?

For starters, they’ve alienated many of their politically-active users.

Democrats hate Facebook for its careless enabling of pro-Trump manipulation during the 2016 election. Republicans hate it because they think it censors conservative speech.

And there’s one thing, it seems, that crosses party lines – suspicion of and resistance to Facebook’s chronic invasion of privacy and misuse of the data it gathers, bad habits Facebook will never break because they’re key to its profitability.

Facebook has a health issue – it’s users are getting sick of it.

And the sight of that should make the rest of us feel a little bit better about the future.

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