Stephen King, a horror writer, has dumped Facebook after expressing concerns about misinformation and privacy risks on the social network. He singled out Facebook’s policy that lets politicians lie in political ads.
He mentioned in a Twitter post that “I’m quitting Facebook,” the author said on Twitter Friday. “Not comfortable with the flood of false information that’s allowed in its political advertising, nor am I confident in its ability to protect its users’ privacy. Follow me (and Molly, aka The Thing of Evil) on Twitter, if you like.”
King’s Facebook account, which had 5.6 million followers, has since been deleted.
Facebook has been steadfast in its rejection to change its policy on political-ad content, highlighting the challenges the world’s biggest social network faces as misinformation grows ahead of the 2020 US elections.
Civil rights groups and Democrats have criticized Facebook for allowing falsehoods, while conservative politicians and groups have charged that the social network and its rivals have censored their voices.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, and other Facebook executives have supported the company’s decision, saying members of the public have the right to make up their own minds about what politicians say.
Zuckerberg said during a nearly 40-minute speech at Georgetown University in October that “I don’t think most people want to live in a world where you can only post things that tech companies judge to be 100% true.”
Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.