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 CR survey finds that seven out of 10 Facebook users changed their behavior after the Cambridge Analytica scandal. More than one in three became more cautious about their posts and revised privacy settings.
If you're still concerned about Facebook collecting your data, researchers at CR recommend you take a few additional steps.
Turn off location tracking, turn off facial recognition, and turn on two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication is 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 say they read news on Facebook that they initially thought was true, but later realized was not.
With all of these concerns, the Consumer Reports survey found that people are sticking with Facebook for pretty basic reasons: it’s the easiest way to stay connected with people, and 32 percent say it’s the best way to remember birthdays.
Even with the privacy concerns, people say they still want Facebook to be free. Nine out of 10 Facebook users surveyed said they are not willing to pay a fee to stop Facebook from collecting their data.