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A new survey shows four in 10 people deleted at least one social media profile over the last year

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From Russia’s intervention in the US election to the Cambridge Analytica case, it seems like major scandals have influenced the popularity of social media platforms.

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A new survey by PR firm Edelman shows four in 10 people deleted at least one social media profile over the last years, and six in 10 want more regulation of social media platforms.

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“We learned that there is a serious lack of confidence in social media in all regions of the world,” Edelman CEO Richard Edelman told CNBC.

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Edelman said users are anxious due to privacy violations and fake news, and that users want clear indications that the content they’re seeing is sponsored or their data is being taken.

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But that backlash has yet to translate into major drops in user growth: Facebook and Twitter saw normal growth in the first quarter, reaching about 2.2 billion and 336 million monthly active users, respectively.

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