Will Ferrell is the latest public figure to delete Facebook

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Will Ferrell is quitting Facebook.

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Very soon, you won’t find Will Ferrell on Facebook.

The comedian declared on Tuesday he would be deleting his account within 72 hours, following revelations of Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of personal data from the social network’s users.

In a Facebook post, Ferrell wrote that he “always had an aversion to social media,” but used it to promote projects from himself and colleagues. The data scandal, it would appear, was the final straw.

“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,” he wrote. 

“I was further appalled to learn that Facebook’s reaction to such a violation was to suspend the account of the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower.”

Ferrell added he could “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.”

Ferrell’s departure from the social network comes after Elon Musk deleted the Facebook pages for SpaceX and Tesla, later declaring on Twitter he did so not out of political motivation, but rather the platform made him nervous.

Superstar Cher has also said she’s deleted her Facebook account, saying although the platform has helped her with her charity work, “There are things more ‘important’ than ??.” Cher’s official page is still active on the social network, but perhaps she’s referring to her own personal account.

Who’s next?





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