Facebook users have become much more private: A large-scale study

Ratan Dey, Zubin Jelveh, Keith Ross

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    Abstract

    We investigate whether Facebook users have become more private in recent years. Specifically, we examine if there have been any important trends in the information Facebook users reveal about themselves on their public profile pages since early 2010. To this end, we have crawled the public profile pages of 1.4 million New York City (NYC) Facebook users in March 2010 and again in June 2011. We have found that NYC users in our sample have become dramatically more private during this period. For example, in March 2010 only 17.2% of users in our sample hid their friend lists, whereas in June 2011, just 15 months later, 52.6% of the users hid their friend lists. We explore privacy trends for several personal attributes including friend list, networks, relationship, high school name and graduation year, gender, and hometown. We find that privacy trends have become more pronounced for certain demographics. Finally, we attempt to determine the primary causes behind the dramatic decrease in the amount of information Facebook users reveal about themselves to the general public.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publication2012 IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops, PERCOM Workshops 2012
    Pages346-352
    Number of pages7
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2012
    Event2012 IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops, PERCOM Workshops 2012 - Lugano, Switzerland
    Duration: Mar 19 2012Mar 23 2012

    Publication series

    Name2012 IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops, PERCOM Workshops 2012

    Other

    Other2012 IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops, PERCOM Workshops 2012
    CountrySwitzerland
    CityLugano
    Period3/19/123/23/12

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Networks and Communications
    • Computer Science Applications

    Cite this

    Dey, R., Jelveh, Z., & Ross, K. (2012). Facebook users have become much more private: A large-scale study. In 2012 IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops, PERCOM Workshops 2012 (pp. 346-352). [6197508] (2012 IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops, PERCOM Workshops 2012). https://doi.org/10.1109/PerComW.2012.6197508