According to a IT security firm Sophos recent study, Facebook’s privacy issues lead 60 percent of its members considering leaving the popular social network. Among the survey of 1,588 Facebook users, the findings suggest that almost two thirds of Facebook users are considering leaving, with 16% of those polled claiming to have already stopped using Facebook as a result of inadequate control over their data.
“This poll shows is that the majority of the people we polled are fed up with the lack of control that Facebook gives them over their own data. Most still don’t know how to set their Facebook privacy options safely, finding the whole system confusing. What’s needed is a fundamental shift towards asking users to ‘opt-in’ to sharing information, rather than to ‘opt-out’. A mass exodus from Facebook seems unlikely, but Facebook members are clearly getting more interested in knowing precisely who can view their data,”