Mark Hamill Deletes Facebook Account over Refusal to Censor Political Ads

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks onto stage to speak at Georgetown University Thursday Oct. 17 2019 in Washington

The "Star Wars" star said in a tweet on Sunday that he would delete his account on the social network to protest Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's refusal to budge on Facebook's policy that allows political ads that make false statements.

Now that he's deleting Facebook, Hamill wrote, "I'll sleep better at night".

FOX Business' Charlie Gasparino reports some Facebook investors are anxious about Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg's leadership at the company, especially as Washington, D.C. calls to break up big tech and Twitter ends political advertising.

Hamill joins a number of other famous people who have deleted their Facebook pages, including Jim Carrey, Elon Musk, Will Ferrell and Cher.

Ever since Facebook announced that it wouldn't censor political ads last September, it's faced intense pressure from the media, public figures, and politicians to reverse its stance.

Over the years, Zuckerberg has attempted to evolve his annual challenge to reflect the trying times, from wearing a tie every day and reading more books to a promise to "fix" Facebook in 2018 and a pledge to do a series of interviews in 2019.

The new policy will apply to ads as well, including those released by politicians.

"This isn't about free expression. And paying to increase the reach of political speech has significant ramifications that today's democratic infrastructure may not be prepared to handle".

This is keeping with Facebook's newsworthiness exemption, introduced in 2016, which allows posts that break community standards "if we believe the public interest in seeing it outweighs the risk of harm", VP of global affairs and communications Nick Clegg said past year.

Actor Sacha Baron Cohen in November wrote an article on regulating the social networking platform in the Washington Post.

With close to 2.4 billion users around the world, Facebook also aims to rebuild smaller social media communities that give people a sense of intimacy again are also a focus for the next decade.

"If a neo-Nazi comes goose-stepping into a restaurant and starts threatening other customers and saying he wants to kill Jews, would the restaurant owner be required to serve him an elegant eight-course meal?"



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