Actor Mark Hamill, famous for playing Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, has deleted his Facebook account. Hamill did this in protest, as he said on Twitter. According to Hamill, he will “sleep better” knowing he doesn’t support Mark Zuckerberg’s social network.
This was caused by Facebook’s recent position on political ads. While platforms like Twitter and Spotify are banning political ads internally, Facebook fully accepts them without even filtering their veracity or intent.
This is a position that puts Facebook in the dark. Given the Cambridge Analytica-related Facebook scandal and the 2016 elections, the social network can easily be used as a political “weapon” in the upcoming 2020 elections.
So far, it doesn’t look like Facebook will change its position on ads. However, users will have the option to somehow filter the amount of political ads they see, at least in the United States.
Facebook continues to grow despite controversy
Despite all the controversies where the social network has been inserted, Facebook continues to grow and to be highly profitable, mostly through ads. However, their data processing policies continue to be viewed as dubious due to the alleged sale of user data to third party companies.
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