Jim Carrey Wants You To Delete Your Facebook Account Along With Him
Comedian Jim Carrey is firm about leaving Facebook as well as his stocks in the company. He is also urging everyone to do the same.
Carrey took to Facebook, via his page Jim Carrey is Here, to inform his followers that he would be deleting his account and selling his stocks from the company. As of writing, his page has over 5.1 million followers and is still active.
"I'm dumping my @facebook stock and deleting my page because @facebook profited from Russian interference in our elections and they're still not doing enough to stop it," Carrey explained.
The 56-year-old Bruce Almighty star further called on other investors to mimic his actions. His post also included #unfriendfacebook. All of this, according to him, was because of the alleged role of Facebook in the 2016 elections.
To make his stand more solid, Carrey changed his Facebook cover photo to an artwork. The art, signed by the actor himself, shows a cartoon of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and "fakebook." It also featured a thumbs down, an alteration of the platform's signature thumbs up icon for liking.
Carrey was keen on his statements, though, as he posted it on his Twitter account as well. In a statement, he underlined the importance of the roles of social media owners nowadays.
"We must encourage more oversight by the owners of these social media platforms. This easy access has to be more responsibly handled," Carrey added.
Carrey called the Republican congress "corrupt" and explained that their rule would lead to chaos and "we are headed for suffering beyond all imagination."
Facebook is just one of the social media channels that had been dragged into the supposed role of Russians during the 2016 election. At first, Zuckerberg dismissed the idea of this but later confessed that it was actually a pressing issue and then apologized for disregarding this.
Late last year, the platform admitted that there were more than 125 million ads seen by Americans that could affect the elections. These ads were Russian-backed.
After this, Facebook promised to be more responsible in what its users see. It added "Paid for by," a feature that promotes transparency.
"When it comes to advertising on Facebook, people should be able to tell who the advertiser is and see the ads they're running, especially for political ads," Facebook's Rob Goldman said.