Jim Carrey urges people to boycott Facebook because of Russian election meddling

Jim Carrey is Deleting His Facebook Because the Company 'Profited from Russian Interference in Our Elections'

"We must encourage more oversight by the owners of these social media platforms", Jim Carrey said in a statement to CNBC.

"What we need now are activist investors to send a message that responsible oversight is needed", Carrey added.

"What the world needs now is capitalism with a conscience", Carrey told CNBC on Tuesday.

Facebook has admitted up to 126 million people saw Russian-bought ads meant to sway the 2016 US election. The world's largest social network, along with Twitter and Google, have been scrutinised in recent months by Congress, after United States intelligence agencies determined that the Russian government had used these platforms to disseminate false news and advertisements in an attempt to influence U.S. elections in 2016. Initially CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the idea of Facebook impacting the elections was "crazy", but later apologized for dismissing the real concerns. The company has also said its algorithms recommended content created by Russian operatives.

Last year, Facebook revealed that it sold about $100,000 worth of politically-divisive ads to "inauthentic accounts" created by the Kremlin-linked troll farm Internet Research Agency.

The 80,000 posts were published between June 2015 and August 2017 and a lot of them focused on divisive social and political messages such as race relations and gun rights, Facebook said.

The reason? The actor cited the controversy over Russia-linked accounts posting content on the social media site in the leadup to the 2016 election.

Facebook is one of several social media platforms, including Twitter and YouTube that have come under fire for their role in spreading propaganda and fake news during the 2016 presidential election. Carrey has always been critical of Russia's involvement in the election of Donald Trump, going as far as calling the President a "Russian black op". Russian Federation has repeatedly dismissed allegations of meddling in the 2016 election.

IBTimes UK has reached out to Facebook for further comment.



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