Facebook doesn’t have a good reputation among the general public for its privacy practices, according to a recent poll conducted by Reason-Rupe. The study found that only five percent of Americans trusted Facebook the most with their information, ranking the site behind even the IRS and the NSA, the organization responsible for spying on American citizens’ web activity. Clearly, Facebook has some ground to make up in the court of public opinion.
In the study, Facebook also ranked second behind the NSA for “organizations most likely to violate your privacy,” drawing 26 percent of the vote. This poll also corroborates data from a similar poll conducted in the fall last year, which found Facebook to be the least-trusted guardian of user data.
Facebook has been on a long public relations campaign to convince users that they take good care of their information ever since the NSA spy scandal broke last year. Mark Zuckerberg in particular has been out in front of the effort, publishing an open letter in March that heavily criticized the White House for allowing the NSA to monitor the site.
“We work together to create this secure environment and make our shared space even better for the world,” he wrote. “This is why I’ve been so confused and frustrated by the repeated reports of the behavior of the U.S. government. When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we’re protecting you against criminals, not our own government.”
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