Actor Will Ferrell has announced he will delete his Facebook account, which has more than 10 million likes, after he learned data firm Cambridge Analytica allegedly harvested more than 50 million users’ information.
Ferrell, best known for his role as Ron Burgundy in Anchorman, wrote a message to his followers on Wednesday alerting them he would delete his account within 72 hours following the investigation into Facebook and Cambridge Analytica.
He said he was “appalled” to have learned that Facebook’s reaction to the situation was to suspend the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower’s account.
“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 claimed.
“I was further appalled to learn that Facebook’s reaction to such a violation was to suspend the account of the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower.”
“In this day and age, with misinformation running rampant, it’s important that we protect the truth, as well as those who work to bring it to light. I can 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.”