Mark Hamill Deletes Facebook Account over Refusal to Censor Political Ads

Yolanda Curtis
January 15, 2020

"I'll sleep better at night", Hamill wrote.

On Sunday, the "Star Wars" legend took to Twitter to voice his concerns about Facebook and its creator, announcing that he would be deleting his account on the social media platform.

Hamill has added his name to a list of others who have publically criticised Facebook - with Sacha Baron Cohen, the comedian, taking aim at the social media company in a speech in November.

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".

"#PatriotismOverProfits", he tweeted, linking to a New York Timesarticle about Facebook's decision to not limit political ad targeting.

Stressing that he does not think private companies should be making so many important decisions that touch on fundamental democratic values, Zuckerberg drafted a 10-year vision in a Facebook post late Friday.

As a final point regarding Facebook's stance on political ads, the company, at the very least, will grant users the ability to see fewer political ads if they so choose.

Facebook this month enacted a new ban on posts or ads that interfere with people taking part in the USA census, which will have an online participation option this year.

In October, Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey announced that the company would be banning all political advertising worldwide.

Google recently placed restrictions on how advertisers can target specific groups of voters while clarifying its policy by indicating it does not allow "false claims" in advertising, political or otherwise. This is about paying for reach.

Zuckerberg makes a passing reference to Facebook's upcoming projects including cryptocurrency and shifting towards more private interactions.

One user even likened Facebook to the Galactic Empire.

Hamill is not the first celebrity to publicly criticise Facebook over its ad policy.

Should it be up to governments to regulate rather than social media companies?

"If a neo-Nazi comes goose-stepping into a restaurant and starts threatening other customers and saying he wants to kill Jews, would the restaurant owner be required to serve him an elegant eight-course meal?"

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