According to an online poll of 1588 Facebook users conducted by Sophos, 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.
Facebook has faced growing criticism over changes to the way that the social network can share user data across its site and with other websites. Concerns have centered on the complexity and ‘opt-out’ approach to sharing member information with a wider networks. Facebook privacy concerns have been always up on the Internet.
This poll shows that the majority of users are fed up with the lack of control that Facebook gives users over their data. Most users still do not 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’.
But, a mass exodus from Facebook seems unlikely. Instead, members will be getting more interested in knowing precisely who can view their data. [source]