Playboy becomes the latest company to join the call to #DeleteFacebook after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, punctuated on Friday by Elon Musk's order to remove Tesla and SpaceX pages from Zuckerberg's social media juggernaut.
Playboy's chief creative officer and son of the magazine's founder, Cooper Hefner on Tuesday tweeted that "Facebook's content guidelines and corporate policies" continued to contradict Playboy's values.
"For years, it has been hard for Playboy to express our values on Facebook due to its strict content and policy guidelines", Playboy Enterprises said Wednesday in a news release. Hefner says that Facebook has been a "sexually repressive" platform but the company has taken the step now because of the recent reports of Facebook meddling with some 50 millions user data during U.S. elections 2016. "Learning of the recent meddling in a free USA election further demonstrates another concern we have of how they handle users' data - more than 25 million of which are Playboy fans - making it clear to us that we must leave the platform".More news: Kentucky pension overhaul wins House and Senate approval
Playboy's main Facebook page was taken down as of early Wednesday, though its versions for different countries such as Germany and the Philippines were still available.
The press release went on to say that while Playboy has been dealing with the challenges Facebook's policies presented to their brand.
Playboy announced its intention to deactivate its Facebook accounts and leave the social network amid escalating concerns about the platform's mismanagement of user data.More news: Mom charged with leaving children alone before IN fire
Facebook's data collection scandal keeps making waves and it's unlikely to die down anytime soon.
According to the app market data and insights company App Annie, while Facebook downloads saw a dip last week, they have picked up again and returned to the pre-Cambridge Analytica levels, across smartphone platforms.
While not many companies have made the decision to depart from Facebook, many Twitter users have announced they've deleted their Facebook accounts.More news: AK Steel Holding Corporation (AKS) - Analyst rating score stands at 2.70