Jim Carrey thinks you should stop using Facebook.
Not just you you - he is not in your house - everyone. He’s had enough of what he sees as them profiting from Russian interference in the 2016 US election, and as a result has deleted his account, is dumping stock he owns in it, and is urging everyone to boycott the social network.
He announced it on Twitter, along with some art.
I’m dumping my @facebook stock and deleting my page because @facebook profited from Russian interference in our elections and they’re still not doing enough to stop it. I encourage all other investors who care about our future to do the same. #unfriendfacebook pic.twitter.com/KHWgZzhhmp— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) February 6, 2018
That’s not the most flattering portrait of Mark Zuckerberg ever, but the shading is proper 100-emoji stuff. Good felt tip work, Jim.
Carrey expanded on his anti-Facebook feelings in a statement to Business Insider:
“For a long time America enjoyed a geographical advantage in the world with oceans on both sides to protect it. Now, social media has created cyber-bridges over which those who do not have our best interest in mind can cross and we are allowing it.
“No wall is going to protect us from that. We must encourage more oversight by the owners of these social media platforms. This easy access has to be more responsibly handled. What we need now are activist investors to send a message that responsible oversight is needed. What the world needs now is capitalism with a conscience.”
Back in October last year, Facebook testified to Congress that Russian-backed content reached 126 million Americans around the time of the 2016 election.
Since then, Facebook have pledged to crack down on the newsfeed, and recently changed their algorithm to remove the majority of posts from publishers’, instead returning to showing you pictures of your ex-school friends’ holiday photos.
Allllllrighty then. Facebook and Twitter have a lot in common, obviously. Both offer you the ability to like things - you can like a glove, for instance. And both offer you the ability to feel like a luh-hoo-zuh-her. The linear nature of Twitter is better if doing something timely - say, wishing everyone a good morning, and in case you don’t see them, a good afternoon, a good evening and a good night - or encouraging immediate interaction - “I’m going to take up smoking, somebody stop me!” Both are full of lies, but let you record every detail of your life and obsess over things crazily - maybe even past relationships - and are full of stalkers and people pretending to be other people. Will he really dump his stock, or is he talking out of his arse? Will his account be reborn soon? And will everything… Carrey on?