Tuesday January 21, 2020
Home Science & Technology Facebook lead...

Facebook leads while Twitter lags in popularity charts among U.S. internet users

0
//

By NewsGram Staff Writer

facebook-logo_24521000Washington: In the list of social media sites, Facebook still remains on top of the charts. In the race of most popular social networking sites for U.S. based internet users, Facebook has been ranked one while Twitter seems to be lagging behind.

Innumerable researches done in the past prove that younger generation favor Facebook more as compared to Twitter or any other social networking site.

Recently Pew Research Center (PRC) conducted a study and found out that as many as 72% of American adults who use internet prefer Facebook over Twitter. Facebook is also a popular choice for about 77% of American women who use internet. This data has been nearly same since September 2014 as Twitter hasn’t managed to attract any new users.

This report by PRC is based on telephonic interviews taken from March 17 to April 12. They collected a sample of 1,907 American adults to conclude this study.

Other sites like Pinterest and Instagram have shown slight boost too but Twitter has been stagnant since a long time. According to the study done by PRC, Pinterest has seen around 31% of online usage and is closely followed by Instagram which has a usage of 28% in its kitty.

Further, the report revealed that 82% of adults in the age group of 18 to 29 like Facebook more than Twitter. The reports clearly show a dip in Twitter usage and rise in the popularity of Facebook.

If these reports are to be believed then Twitter has to take some dedicated steps towards employing new tools on their site which can tempt more users. Till then, Facebook continues to rule.

Next Story

US Judge Orders Facebook to Disclose Malicious Apps’ Data: Report

The social networking giant found that the apps -- primarily social media management and video streaming apps -- retained access to group member information, like names and profile pictures in connection with group activity, from the Groups API (application programming interface)

0
Social Media, Facebook, Authenticity, Posts
The social media application, Facebook is displayed on Apple's App Store, July 30, 2019. VOA

As part of a probe ordered in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal involving 87 million users, a US judge has ordered Facebook to hand over data of thousands of apps that violated its user privacy.

Facebook admitted last year that it suspended “tens of thousands” of apps for possible privacy violations.

A Massachusetts judge rejected the social networking giant’s attempts to withhold the key details from state investigators, The Washington Post said in a report on Friday.

“We are disappointed that the Massachusetts Attorney General and the Court didn’t fully consider our arguments on well-established law. We are reviewing our options, including appeal,” a Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone was quoted as saying in the report.

Maura Healey, the Democratic Attorney General of Massachusetts, said: “We are pleased that the Court ordered Facebook to tell our office which other app developers may have engaged in conduct like Cambridge Analytica.”

facebook, instant games
FILE – Attendees walk past a Facebook logo during Facebook Inc’s F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, United States. VOA

The state of Massachusetts launched the probe last September after Facebook admitted that it had suspended “tens of thousands” of apps on its platform as a result of its review on privacy practices launched following the scandal involving Cambridge Analytica.

The review, launched in 2018, followed revelations that the political consultancy hijacked personal data on millions of Facebook users and included attorneys, external investigators, data scientists, engineers, policy specialists and others, according to a Facebook statement.

The Cambridge Analytica scandal resulted in a record-breaking, $5 billion fine for Facebook from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Also Read: I Fall in Love with India Every Time I Return Here: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

In November 2019, Facebook revealed that at least 100 app developers may have accessed Facebook users’ data for months, confirming that at least 11 partners “accessed group members’ information in the last 60 days”.

The social networking giant found that the apps — primarily social media management and video streaming apps — retained access to group member information, like names and profile pictures in connection with group activity, from the Groups API (application programming interface). (IANS)