Roughly 7 in 10 – national – internet users in the Middle East region reported that they changed how they use social media due to privacy concerns.
- Internet penetration in the Middle East has risen in all 6 countries surveyed, but it increased rapidly in Egypt with a rate of 59% in 2016 from 45% in 2015, and the UAE achieved 100% of internet penetration.
- Large majorities of the populations in the Middle East countries have mobile broadband access. Moreover, just 42% of Lebanese, 31% of Egyptians, and 31% of Tunisians have mobile broadband subscriptions.
- The majority of internet users in the Middle East are using Facebook with a rate of 82% in 2016, then Whatsapp with a rate of 77%. And only 30% of online users in the region are using Instagram.
- Most of the internet users from all ages in the Middle East are using WhatsApp, followed by Facebook Messenger.
- About 81% of UAE internet users are using YouTube, followed by 67% in both Lebanon and KSA, then 54% in Egypt.
- 52% of internet users in KSA, 45% in Tunisia and 36% in UAE said that they are worried about companies checking what they do online.
- On the other hand, 43% of internet users in KSA, 29% in Tunisia, and 22% in the UAE said they are worried about the government checking for what they do online.
- Most of Middle East internet users access the internet in the Arabic language.
- 43% of internet users in the Middle East said they paid to access content online in 2015, while only 4% of Egyptians have paid for this purpose.
A Graph Shows Who Agree That The privacy Have Changed The Way They Used Social Media, 2016.