AceShowbiz - Jim Carrey is saying goodbye to Facebook after learning that the social media network "profited from Russian interference in our elections." Taking to Twitter on February 6, the comedian revealed that he deleted his Facebook page and dropped his stock in the company. In addition, he urged other users to do the same.
"I'm dumping my @facebook stock and deleting my page because @facebook profited from Russian interference in our election and they're still not doing enough to stop it," Carrey wrote along with a drawing of "Fakebook", adding the hashtag #unfriendfacebook. "I encourage all other investors who care about our future to do the same."
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. I encourage all other investors who care about our future to do the same. #unfriendfacebook pic.twitter.com/KHWgZzhhmp— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) 6 Februari 2018
In a longer statement, Carrey said that the United States "enjoyed a geographical advantage in the world with oceans on both sides to protect it." However, "social media has created cyber-bridges over which those who do not have our best interest in mind can cross and we are allowing it. No wall is going to protect us from that."
"We must encourage more oversight by the owners of these social media platforms," he continued. "This easy access has to be more responsibly handled. What we need now are activist investors to send a message that responsible oversight is needed. What the world needs now is capitalism with a conscience."
Facebook has been at the center of controversy for months for spreading propaganda and fake news during the 2016 presidential election. The social media giant confirmed last September that it had provided Congress with over 3,000 ads that were linked to a Russian as agency during the election time period.
"As a general rule, we are limited in what we can discuss publicly about law enforcement investigations, so we may not always be able to share our findings publicly," Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement. "But we support Congress in deciding how to best use this information to inform the public, and we expect the government to publish its findings when their investigation is complete."