Comedian Will Ferrell has joined the small chorus of public figures who have left Facebook once and for all after data leakage scandal.
“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,” Ferrell wrote on Tuesday afternoon, which became his last post on the platform.
The two-time Golden Globe nominee also said he would keep his page alive for another 72 hours in order to let the post circulate and therefore spread his message, which means Will Ferrell’s Facebook page officially ceased to exist around 2:00 p.m. Friday afternoon.
“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,” Ferrell said.
Facebook is still trying to recover after it came to light that the British research firm improperly gained access to the personal information of more than 50 million users of the social media.
Last week, Mark Zuckerberg said he hadn’t noticed any “significant number of people” abandoning the app after the #DeleteFacebook movement started because of the leakage scandal. Still, there have been several celebrities who have decided part ways with the platform.
Multimillionaire businessman Elon Musk announced via Twitter that he would delete the Facebook pages for Tesla and SpaceX. Both profiles have since been deleted.
Singer Cher was once of the celebrities who joined the movement, after announcing via on Twitter that she would too delete her official Facebook page, a change she said would be “very difficult” since the platform had helped her in her charitable efforts because there are “incredible young people” on the site.
Who will be the next celebrity to join the ranks of #DeleteFacebook?