Published: Fri, January 17, 2020
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Mark Hamill quits Facebook in protest over political ad policy

Mark Hamill quits Facebook in protest over political ad policy

San Francisco, Jan 13 (SocialNews.XYZ) Star Wars icon Mark Hamill has joined the list of high-profile celebrities who quit Facebook in protest against allowing political ads and spread of misinformation on its platform.

Hamill made the announcement Sunday on Twitter.

"I know this is a big 'Who cares?' for the world at large, but I'll sleep better at night", he added.

Hamill joins a number of other famous people who have deleted their Facebook pages, including Jim Carrey, Elon Musk, Will Ferrell and Cher.

Following a September ruling that politicians are "exempt" from third-party fact checking, the social network last week announced changes to its political ad system.

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Facebook notes that its decision is based "on the principle that people should be able to hear from those who wish to lead them, warts and all, and that what they say should be scrutinized and debated in public".

The 35-year-old Facebook founder and CEO said he's ditching the annual "personal challenges" that have captivated tech-obsessed Americans for years, including one that had the baby-faced billionaire - known for his uniform of hoodies and T-shirts - vowing to wear a tie to work every day. Twitter has completely banned political ads, while Google has said it would remove political ads that include false statements.

"This isn't about free expression".

The company has previously stated that it should not be up to corporations to hinder political speech.

Hamill is not the first celebrity to publicly criticise Facebook over its ad policy. He additionally took a swipe at the business's owner and its billionaire Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg while doing so. There is a bit of irony in a personality by announcing on a social media platform that they are abandoning another. This latest Facebook decision seems to have forced Hamill to make that decision.

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