Poll: Less than half of Americans trust Facebook to obey U.S. privacy laws

Poll: Less than half of Americans trust Facebook to obey U.S. privacy laws
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Less than half of Americans said they trust social media giant Facebook to follow U.S. privacy laws amid the platform's recent scandal involving data firm Cambridge Analytica, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos survey.

Forty-one percent of Americans polled said they had trust in Facebook to obey privacy laws, which apply to their personal information, while 51 percent of those polled expressed levels of mistrust in the platform. 

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Americans appeared to express more confidence in other tech companies regarding the handling of personal information online.

The poll found that 66 percent trusted Amazon to follow privacy laws, while 62 percent said they trusted Google. 

Facebook has been rocked by scandal this month after it revealed that British data research firm Cambridge Analytica harvested the personal information of 50 million Facebook users without their permission. 

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Zuckerberg apologized to users and admitted the company made mistakes in its dealings with Cambridge Analytica.

He also said he was open to the idea of having the platform be regulated.

However, the company has still taken a major hit in the scandal.

The platform's shares dropped 14 percent this week, while the public has expressed dismay with the website using the hashtag "Delete Facebook."