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80% of Irish people think they can't control their privacy on social media

1,000 people were asked whether or not they trusted the privacy of their images online.

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OVER 80% OF people say that they’re not confident that they can control the privacy of their images social media.

The findings of a new Claire Byrne Live/Amárach Research poll show that the vast majority of people don’t trust their privacy on social media.

Just over 10% of people said that they thought they could control the privacy of their images, while 8% said that they weren’t sure.

1,000 people were asked in total, with the respondents being divided across age-groups and gender, as well as what region they were from in Ireland, with big differences seen in the response from different ages.

A quarter of people between the ages of 18-25 said that they thought they could control the privacy of their images, while just 6% of people over the age of 55 said the same.

There wasn’t too much variation in terms or regions, with people from Munster showing the least confidence in their social media privacy (85% said that they weren’t convinced of the privacy of their images).

The issue has come to the for recently after images of young Cork women were taken from their social media sites and posted on a pornography website.

The poll was commissioned for the Claire Byrne Live Show in conjunction with TheJournal.ie. 

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Cormac Fitzgerald

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