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Report: Facebook is least-trusted tech company by a long shot

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. (Photo: MGN)

(KUTV) — Of all tech companies listed in a SurveyMonkey/Recode poll, Facebook is the least-trusted tech company by a massive margin.

Of all other options, 56 percent of those polled said they trust Facebook the least with their personal information, Redcode reports.

Respondents could choose from Google, Uber, Twitter, Snap, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Lyft, Tesla and Netflix. Twenty percent chose "None of the above."

Despite recent scandals plaguing Facebook, users are not likely to quit.

Facebook came under widespread scrutiny after news broke that data firm Cambridge Analytica obtained information on as many as 87 million Facebook users without their knowledge.

The data-mining firm is alleged to have improperly collected information on Facebook users during the 2016 presidential election.

But Facebook has a long, marked history of handling users' information poorly, dating back to Zuckerberg's sophomore year of college when he created a "prank website" called FaceMash, which used people's pictures and information without their permission. This took place 15 years before the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal.

During the 2012 presidential election, the social media behemoth secretly tampered with the news feeds of 1.9 million users. Facebook also meddled with users' news feeds in 2010 to conduct a 61-million-person experiment that aimed to see how Facebook could affect people's real-world voting behavior.

The social media company also turned its users into experiment test subjects in 2012 by once again tampering with users' news feeds.

"The experiment was a success," ValleyWag reports. "Facebook's research concludes that it can indeed make you feel what Facebook wants you to feel, and to a certain extent post certain kinds of things."

This compounded on growing resentment among conservatives, who say the company manipulates the platform's trending section to exclude stories that are organically trending but politically or culturally right-leaning.

In an interview with Gizmodo, a former team member who worked for Facebook's trending news section stated that a small group of people has the power to decide which stories are featured in the trending section.

“We choose what’s trending,” said one, as reported by Gizmodo. “There was no real standard for measuring what qualified as news and what didn’t. It was up to the news curator to decide.”

During Mark Zuckerberg's first day of Congressional testimony, Sen. Ted Cruz grilled the Facebook CEO on alleged bias against conservatives.

Conservative Facebook pages have reported shenanigans, such as the removal of administrators from pages that support President Trump and videos of famous pro-Trump sisters Diamond and Silk being deemed unsafe by Facebook without justification.

Zuckerberg appeared before Congress to testify in light of the recent Cambridge Analytica controversy.

“I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here,” Zuckerberg said. “We’ve been working to understand exactly what happened with Cambridge Analytica and taking steps to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

He announced that the social media company has plans to investigate all applications which use large volumes of user data.


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