From Elon Musk to Cher, Who Is Quitting Facebook

In the wake of the recent scandal, we look at who is saying goodbye to Facebook.

Ever since the news broke that Cambridge Analytica, a political-data sourcing firm used by Trump in the recent elections, harvested information from 50 million Facebook users without their consent, it seems that not a day goes by without another company or individual comes out saying they are deleting the once not-able-to-live-without app.

With the hashtag #deletefacebook trending on Twitter for weeks following the breaking news, the New York Times have reported that the hashtag has been used over 40 million ties, with calls to delete Facebook gaining momentum every day. While for the likes of you and me it won't cause too much damage to Facebook to bin the app, we take a look at the companies and influential celebrities turning their back on former golden boy, Mark Zuckerberg's once untouchable legacy.

Will Ferrell

Funny man Will Ferrell is the latest celebrity to jump ship from the beleaguered social media site, telling his fans on Tuesday that he will be deleting his Facebook as he can "no longer continue to use it in good conscience."

Cher

There are many reasons we love Cher and her social and moral compass certainly comes top of that list. An advocate for gay rights, equality, charity and vocal about anti cyber bulling, Cher didn't take this scandal lying down. Within days of the scandal breaking, she deleted her personal account, saying that somethings are more important than money.

Mozilla

The makers of web browser Firefox said that they were halting advertising with Facebook for the time being but mentioned they would return if they can tighten their privacy laws. “We are encouraged that Mark Zuckerberg has promised to improve the privacy settings and make them more protective,” the company said. “When Facebook takes stronger action in how it shares customer data, specifically strengthening its default privacy settings for third party apps, we’ll consider returning.”

Commerzbank

It's not just the U.S citizens that are outraged, Germany's second-largest bank have announced that they are pressing pause on Facebook advertising until further notice. Speaking of the move, Uwe Hellmann, the bank's Head of Strategy had this to say: “We are pausing our campaign on Facebook. Brand safety and data security are very important to us.”

Elon Musk and Tesla

Elon Musk took swift action on both his personal and company accounts, deleting both within days of the scandal breaking. While Tesla does not pay for advertising with Facebook, it was seen as more of a moral move.

Sonos

Home sound system manufacturer Sonos have this week, halted their Facebook and Instagram activity, in a bid to, as they say "build a healthier, more consumer-friendly tech ecosystem." Sonos haven't gone as far as the likes of Tesla though with them saying they won't be leaving the social media site due to the fact it is an effective tool to reach customers but did say they will donate the money they were going to spend to charity.

Playboy

During its time, the adult magazine have had their fair share of controversies, but none so big as this. In mind of this, Playboy have said that they are halting all Facebook activity, citing privacy worries and sexual repression. In a statement, they said “For years, it has been difficult for Playboy to express our values on Facebook due to its strict content and policy guidelines. Playboy has always stood for personal freedom and the celebration of sex. Today we take another step in that ongoing fight.”


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Poppy covers a wide range of topics at Billionaire, having spent the past 13 years at companies including Singapore Tatler, Her World Plus and Harpers Bazaar UK. She has a passion for fashion, jewellery and travel as well as an avaricious fascination with crime novels. Follow her at poppypskinner on Instagram.

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