Fewer than half of Americans trust Facebook to obey US privacy laws, highlighting the challenge facing the social media company after a scandal over its handling of personal information, according to a new poll.
The Reuters/Ipsos poll, released on Sunday, also found that fewer Americans trust Facebook than other US tech companies that gather user data, such as Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Apple and Amazon.
Some 41 percent of Americans trust Facebook to obey laws that protect their personal information, compared with 66 percent who said they trust Amazon, 62 percent who trust Google, 60 percent for Microsoft and 47 percent for Yahoo.
The survey alos found that 46 percent of adults want the government to take a bigger role in overseeing the industry’s handling of user information.
Facebook has been offering apologies as it tries to repair its reputation for mistakes that allowed the data of 50 million users get into the hands of a British…