Jim Carrey Has Deleted His Facebook Page And He Wants You To Do The Same
Actor and comedian Jim Carrey wasn’t joking when he said he was deleting his Facebook page (he had 5.1 million followers).
Carrey posted messages on Twitter and Facebook on Tuesday afternoon saying he planned to delete his Facebook page and sell off his stock in the company. By Wednesday, the Facebook page was gone.
Why? Because Facebook profited from Russian interference during the 2016 U.S. election.
Twitter users responded by the thousands. Some insisted that Carrey too had profited from Russian business, and maybe he should give it back.
“What we need now are activist investors to send a message that responsible oversight is needed,” Carrey said to CNBC in a statement:
Facebook has admitted up to 126 million people saw Russian-bought ads intended to sway the 2016 U.S. election. The company has also said its algorithms recommended content created by Russian operatives. Initially CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the idea of Facebook impacting the elections was “crazy,” but later apologized for dismissing the real concerns.
‘For a long time America enjoyed a geographical advantage in the world with oceans on both sides to protect it,’ Carrey said. ‘Now, social media has created cyber-bridges over which those who do not have our best interest in mind can cross and we are allowing it. No wall is going to protect us from that.'”
I’m dumping my @facebook stock and deleting my page because @facebook profited from Russian interference in our elections and they’re still not doing enough to stop it. I encourage all other investors who care about our future to do the same. #unfriendfacebook pic.twitter.com/KHWgZzhhmp
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) February 6, 2018
Carrey has 17.5 million followers on Twitter, and thousands responded — both in approval and not so much — including some who said Facebook was bad for their mental health.
The United States has exerted influence over foreign elections in all corners of the globe — in fact, it has arrogantly done so a whopping 81 times between 1946 and 2000.https://t.co/E4I2Dv5Dwx
— MintPress News (@MintPressNews) February 6, 2018
Narrator: So did Twitterhttps://t.co/AX51d8daYM
— Jim McIlvaine (@JimMcIlvaine) February 7, 2018
Thank you Jim!
Celebrities like you have incredible power to do good in this world – glad to see you using it in these dire times. Godspeed.
— Real Patriot (@2020pleasehurry) February 7, 2018
So you are making a ton of money, and deleting one social media account because of Russia? Wow how noble of you Jim. Seriously good stuff… Wait a minute… haven't you profited off of Russia??? Oopp perhaps you should give that back mate pic.twitter.com/2bxsK4dj5K
— Wayne Day (@Day_wayne89) February 7, 2018
Carrey did not say how many Facebook shares he owned, or what they’re worth. He encouraged other Facebook investors to divest like him with the hashtag “#unfriendfacebook”, Fortune reported.
Zuckerberg admitted that fake news is real on the social network and that ads reached 126 million U.S. Facebook users over the past few years linked to Russia’s efforts to disrupt U.S. politics. Recently, Zuckerberg promised to address foreign meddling and “malicious activity” on Facebook, including hiring more content moderators. He also said he doesn’t know how long it will take to solve the problem.