Privacy Concerns? Facebook Loses Millions of Social Network Users

Facebook may not be the biggest social media network forever with upstarts like Path

Free Press Report

MENLO PARK, CA - Facebook says they have a lot of users and although there's no telling how many Facebook users are real and not spammers or bots, some indications show that the giant social media network is not growing anymore.

In fact, they are slipping, losing 6 million US visitors, a 4% fall, according to analysis firm SocialBakers. Is this the Facebook Zombie Apocalypse?

The Guardian recently reported:

Users are also switching off in Canada, Spain, France, Germany and Japan, where Facebook has some of its biggest followings. A spokeswoman for Facebook declined to comment.

"The problem is that, in the US and UK, most people who want to sign up for Facebook have already done it," said new media specialist Ian Maude at Enders Analysis. "There is a boredom factor where people like to try something new. Is Facebook going to go the way of Myspace? The risk is relatively small, but that is not to say it isn't there."

According to the article and other sources, Facebook users are growing in South America, especially Brazil, but this may just be that part of the world catching up with the social media fad that has many users leaving to find other specialized social networks - or something new.

In the past, Facebook privacy fears have been raised more than once. On Thursday, May 17, 2012, in federal court in San Jose, California, a class action lawsuit was filed against Facebook. The plaintiffs claim Facebook abusively tracked subscribers even after they logged out. The suit consolidated 21 lawsuits nationwide.

The amount of time people spend on Facebook is also falling, The average time users spent on Facebook was 121 minutes in December 2012, but that fell to 115 minutes in February 2013, according to comScore.

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