Quit Facebook Day A Bust

Wednesday Jun 2nd 2010 by Datamation.com Staff

Despite growing privacy concerns, fewer than 40,000 people (0.00637% of users) deleted their accounts on the mammoth social networking service.

InformationWeek: Monday was "Quit Facebook Day," but organizers were only able to convince 34,388 people--about 0.00637% of Facebook's more than 540 million users--to drop their accounts. The event was spearheaded by technologist Joseph Dee and systems designer Matthew Milan, who became concerned about Facebook's privacy policies.

"For a lot of people, quitting Facebook revolves around privacy. This is a legitimate concern, but we also think the privacy issue is just the symptom of a larger set of issues," wrote Milan and Dee. "The cumulative effects of what Facebook does now will not play out well in the future, and we care deeply about the future of the Web as an open, safe and human place. We just can't see Facebook's current direction being aligned with any positive future for the Web, so we're leaving."

Facebook has recently simplified its privacy controls.

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