Opera’s State of the mobile web report Q1 2018 reveals that 35% of South Africans prefer to access social media through their mobile browser. One-third of the surveyed internet users believe a mobile browser offers them more privacy features than a standalone social media app.

As these users constantly browse the web and access it an average of eight times a day, online privacy concerns seem to be on the rise: 30% of South Africans consider that private browsing is more important for them than accessing social media.

According to anonymous information on Opera Mini usage patterns during the first quarter of 2018, half a million more people have accessed Facebook through their browser in comparison to the year before. This sudden spike may have been influenced by recent privacy concerns associated with the social media platform. ..