Will Ferrell is breaking up with Facebook. The SNL alum and Golden Globe-nominated actor took to the social media platform to give fair warning to his fans and followers that he would be deleting his account in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
In his message, he says that he “always had an aversion to social media” and used it primarily for Funny or Die, personal projects and charity causes. He went on to say that he was disturbed to hear the news about Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of Facebook user information which was essentially a privacy breach.
“In this day and age, with misinformation running rampant, it’s important that we protect the truth, as well as those who work to bring it to light,” he writes. “I can no longer, in good conscience, use the services of a company that allowed the spread of propaganda and directly aimed it at those most vulnerable.”
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been under fire since reports that Cambridge Analytica, a data firm advising the Trump campaign, had gained unauthorized access to millions of users’ personal information. He has since made an apology for the misuse of personal data belonging to millions of users of the social network and talked about the steps the company will take to safeguard users’ privacy.
Read Ferrell’s full Facebook statement below.
I’m reaching out to let you know that in 72 hours I will be deleting my Facebook account. I am not deleting it immediately, in order to give this message enough time to get across to my fans and followers.
I have always had an aversion to social media and have primarily used it as a tool to help support our work at Funny Or Die, some of my personal projects, as well as charity causes that I am passionate about. Facebook allowed me to promote and share the work of many dedicated and talented individuals who deserved recognition.
I know I am not alone when I say that I was very disturbed to hear about Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of millions of Facebook users’ information in order to undermine our democracy and infringe on our citizens’ privacy. I was further appalled to learn that Facebook’s reaction to such a violation was to suspend the account of the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower.
In this day and age, with misinformation running rampant, it’s important that we protect the truth, as well as those who work to bring it to light. I can no longer, in good conscience, use the services of a company that allowed the spread of propaganda and directly aimed it at those most vulnerable.
I love my fans and hope to further interact with them through my comedy via the mediums of film and television.