Bestselling horror novelist Stephen King has officially quit Facebook, saying that he’s “not comfortable” with the amount of “false information” that the social media platform is allowing in political advertising.
He also said that he is not “confident” in Facebook’s “ability to protect its users’ privacy.”
King made the announcement on his Twitter account, where he currently has 5.6 million followers.
The 72-year-old literary legend is politically active and very outspoken, and often voices his opinions on social media. However, he won’t be making any more posts on Facebook. He’s already deleted his Facebook page.
“I’m quitting Facebook,” King told his Twitter followers. “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.”
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
Facebook has been facing a lot of backlash for allowing politicians to run false ads on the social media platform. Though Facebook said last month that it had considered limiting the targeting of political ads, they ultimately decided that “people should be able to hear from those who wish to lead them, warts and all, and that what they say should be scrutinized and debated in public.”
Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg also argued that “political speech is important” and shouldn’t be censored.
Concerns are being raised over how Facebook allows advertisers to target specific groups of users with ads, which could undermine political discourse. Such targeted ads could decrease the chance that rival campaigns or the press see them. This lack of transparency means opponents can’t provide context for the messages.
King now joins the likes of other celebrities that have already aired their grievances with Facebook, like Sacha Baron Cohen and Mark Hamill.
Hamill has already quit Facebook. The Star Wars star slammed Facebook for the controversial decision not to police political ads, and said Zuckerberg “values profit more than truthfulness.”
Cohen criticized the social media giant for caring “more about boosting their share price than about protecting democracy.”
And just last week, the Borat star tweeted, “#MarkZuckerberg, history will judge you harshly – if we still have historians after you help destroy democracy!”
Terrifying. 218,000 political ads on Facebook—many with lies and hate – seen by voters perhaps 1.3 BILLION times. And Facebook profits. #MarkZuckerberg, history will judge you harshly – if we still have historians after you help destroy democracy!https://t.co/6ciFqVBy3E
— Sacha Baron Cohen (@SachaBaronCohen) January 29, 2020