The fallout from the Facebook data breach is ongoing as #DeleteFacebook continues to trend on Twitter and, ironically enough, Facebook. Former Cambridge Analytica employee and whistleblower Christopher Wylie came forward earlier this month to reveal that the firm he co-founded had used illegally obtained personal information from more than 50 million Facebook users to help change the outcome of political elections, including Brexit and the 2016 US Presidential election. Social media’s darker side has been in the news ever since.
The US Federal Trade Commission is now investigating Facebook stateside, with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg planning to testify in front of Congress in the coming weeks. Even before Zuckerberg appears in Congress, many people have already begun deleting their Facebook accounts both in fear of their data being further shared and to make a point that Facebook and Cambridge Analytica’s actions are unacceptable.
Will Ferrell made his final Facebook post a political one, explaining to fans why he has decided to part ways with the social media app. “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 in order to undermine our democracy and infringe on our citizens’ privacy. I was further appalled to learn that Facebook’s reaction to such a violation was to suspend the account of the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower,” writes Ferrell, taking a serious tone we don’t often hear from the comedian. “In this day and age, with misinformation running rampant, it’s important that we protect the truth, as well as those who work to bring it to light. I can no longer, in good conscience, use the services of a company that allowed the spread of propaganda and directly aimed it at those most vulnerable.”
Comedian Rosie O’Donnell asked her Twitter followers to join a class action lawsuit against Facebook, while also requesting the company make it easier for users to delete their accounts.
Actor Jim Carrey has been speaking out against Facebook since February, citing the company’s interference with the 2016 US Presidential election as the reason behind his decision to sell his Facebook stock and delete his account.
Although she’s used Facebook to stay connected to friends and help promote her charitable endeavours, superstar Cher deleted her Facebook account earlier this month, saying that there are things in life more important than money.
Comedian Reggie Watts, who is best known as the band leader on The Late Late Show with James Corden, has removed his fan page from Facebook, saying the detriments outweigh the site’s usefulness.
Brian Acton, who sold his app WhatsApp to Facebook for $16 billion, is urging his followers to delete the social media giant. We assume his cheque has cleared.
Major companies have also begun deleting their corporate Facebook accounts. Elon Musk and his organizations Tesla and SpaceX have parted ways with Facebook over the security breach.
Playboy Magazine’s CEO Cooper Hefner, son of the late Hugh Hefner, announced on Wednesday that his magazine would be leaving Facebook. Hefner says his magazine was already struggling with Facebook’s ‘sexually repressive’ nature, with the recent security breach as the final straw.
While many people are opting to completely remove themselves from Facebook by deleting their accounts, Firefox is now offering users a plug in called Facebook Container that stops Facebook from tracing their online activities, something the social media app previously did without many users knowledge.
If you decide to completely delete your Facebook account, just remember to write down the dates of friend’s and family members birthdays before you leave the site.