Author Stephen King quits Facebook, slams social media giant over ‘political lies’
"Not comfortable with the flood of false information that's allowed in Facebook's political advertising, nor am I confident in its ability to protect its users' privacy," said the author.
Author Stephen King, who has written more than 50 books, has quit Facebook after voicing concerns about the social media giant’s privacy policies and its refusal to ban political adverts.
"I'm quitting Facebook," tweeted the 72-year-old author, who is best known for his works in the horror and fantasy genres.
"Not comfortable with the flood of false information that's allowed in its political advertising, nor am I confident in its ability to protect its users' privacy. Follow me (and Molly, aka The Thing of Evil) on Twitter, if you like," he said on Twitter on Friday.
I'm quitting Facebook. Not comfortable with the flood of false information that's allowed in its political advertising, nor am I confident in its ability to protect its users' privacy. Follow me (and Molly, aka The Thing of Evil) on Twitter, if you like.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) February 1, 2020
The same day, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared at at the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit in Utah, declaring Facebook would stand up for free speech.
King is politically active and very outspoken, especially regarding his views on US President Donald Trump. And when it comes to Facebook, King isn't much of a fan of it either.
I'll support and work for any Democrat who wins the nomination, but I'm pulling for Elizabeth Warren. I'd love to see her open a large can of whup-ass on Trump in the debates.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) February 2, 2020
Facebook has been met with increasing scrutiny for allowing politicians to run false ads.
On January 9, Facebook said it would not ban political advertising or institute any sort of fail-safe measure to avoid lies presented in those ads from politicians from propagating across the Internet.
Facebook allows advertisers to target small groups, including even specific groups of users, with ads. Some critics -- including some Facebook employees -- have raised concerns that such highly-targeted political ads could undermine political discourse by decreasing the chance that rival campaigns and the press can see the ads and provide transparency and context for the messages.
Several Democrats claim that Facebook is helping to bolster Trump and the Republican Party by allowing political ads to go unchecked.
A recent article in Vox reported that: “Democrats have started to point out that it ... seems as though Facebook is bending over backward to keep the GOP happy.”
“Facebook raised eyebrows when it refused to take down a doctored video of Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House. Zuckerberg's meeting with Trump have also led to some questions from the left about the executive’s coziness with the President,” the article stated.
Twitter, which King remains active on, announced in October that it will stop accepting political ads.
Several Twitter users praised King for going off Facebook. Take a look.
Well done. Facebook has deteriorated into a handmaiden for authoritarian kleptocracy because of Zuckerberg’s pathological greed.— (((Jesper Weigner))) (@jespernweigner) February 1, 2020
I quit it a long time ago. It's for juveniles and they don't police their platforms.— The Stinger (@TheStinger8) February 1, 2020
It will be irrelevant in 5 years and they will only have themselves to blame.
???? I quit #Facebook for the same reasons as author @StephenKing: False advertising, and poor privacy protection. I also think that the FB corporate culture is one that would sell out their own mothers for a buck. ????— ???? Devin Nunes' Mad Co-Conspirator Skillz ???? (@JStatePost) February 1, 2020
I did it six months ago. I do not trust Mark Zuckerberg— Michael Colucci (@mtcolucci) February 1, 2020