Only 41 percent of Americans trust Facebook to obey existing U.S. privacy laws, while 50 percent of Germans fear that the social network is having a negative impact on democracy, according to new surveys.
The polls, taken prior to Facebook’s full-page apology advertisements on Sunday in major U.S. and U.K. newspapers, paint a bleak picture as the tech company struggles to move forward in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.
Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologized for a “breach of trust” in the ads. “We have a responsibility to protect your information. If we can’t, we don’t deserve it,” the advertisement said.
The biggest social media network is facing growing scrutiny from lawmakers on both sides of the Atlantic and trying to rebuild trust after allegations that a data-mining firm improperly gained access to users’ information that was later used to help elect Donald Trump in 2016.