Daily News Roundup – March 28, 2018

Major Celebrities and Major Companies Are Deleting Facebook

In light of the Cambridge Analytica scnadal, Will Ferrell and Playboy have joined the #DeleteFacebook movement, along with several other prominent Facebook users who have taken the same step over the last week.

Playboy announced their decision to leave Facebook, citing its fans exposure to “reported practices”. “[The] recent news about Facebook’s alleged mismanagement of users’ data has solidified our decision to suspend our activity on the platform at this time,” Playboy stated in a press release yesterday.

Comedian Will Ferrell, ironically, published a post on Facebook that he would be leaving the platform in 72 hours, thus giving his fans a few days to recognize the message. “I know I am not alone when I say that I was very disturbed to hear about Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of millions of Facebook users’ information to undermine our democracy and infringe on our citizens’ privacy,” said Ferrell. “I was further appalled to learn that Facebook’s reaction to such a violation was to suspend the account of the Cambridge Analytica whistle blower.”

The company, Cambridge Analytica, is now under investigation for using Facebook users’ data to make an attempt at influencing US citizens’ decisions during the 2016 election. Since the investigation began, Facebook has suspended the Cambridge Analytica employee who blew the whistle on this highly unethical practice.

Other prominent figures include Elon Musk, who has deleted both the SpaceX and Tesla Facebook pages, while Apple CEO Tim Cook requested “well-crafted” regulations for user privacy since the most recent Facebook privacy scandal.