Survey: Twitter Hack Has Edge Users on Edge

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In the wake of the big Twitter hack in July, a new online survey finds that a majority of Americans (60%) don't trust social media platforms to keep their data secure and confidential.

That is according to a poll of 20,290 Americans by Piplsay.

A slightly smaller majority (56%) also said they don't trust social media platforms to combat disinformation and foreign interference ahead of the November election.

That finding could bode well for TV election coverage viewership since over a third of the sample (38%) said they plan to rely less on social media for election-related news.

The percentages were even higher for millennials (59% said they would rely less) and Gen Xers (56%).

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.