Facebook has been in deep since the Cambridge Analytica scandal began heating up, but now the #deletefacebook trend is moving past average consumers and Twitter users. The co-founder of WhatsApp, the communication app that was purchased by Facebook has joined the chorus of major figures encouraging people to leave the social platform, but now also Playboy magazine is announcing they hav deactivated their primary Facebook page. They are citing, "their values."
Considering the fact that Cambridge Analytica used private information on millions that they in turn purportedly used to "manipulate them with ads." According to Playboy chief creative officer and son of the magazine founder, Cooper Hefner Facebook's "content guideline and corporate policies" run contradictoryto Playboy's "values." Hefner tweeted that Facebook "continues to be sexually repressive" and also cites “recent meddling in a free U.S. election further demonstrates another concern we have of how they handle users’ data,” pointing out that “more than 25 million” of those hit by the Cambridge Analytica breach “are Playboy fans.”
Having Playboy delete their Facebook account may be the least of Zuckerberg's worries soon though with legislators from the UK, EU and US wishing to testify in regards to the situation. Along with WhatsApp and playboy, Elon Musk's SpaceX and Tesla have deleted their pages and California based company Sonos who are pulling their advertising and instead donating the funds to a digital rights non-profit group. With stocks dropping amidst insecurity and advertisers pulling out, it looks like Facebook is in for another rough week.