Amid a sea of celebrities who often pay nothing but lip service for issues they care about, Star Wars icon Mark Hamill really went one step further and removed his Facebook account due to the company's position on political ads. In a tweet decorated with the hashtag PatriotismOverProfits, Hamill said, "So disappointed that #MarkZuckerberg values value more profit than truthfulness, I have made a decision to delete my @ Facebook account".
Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said on Thursday he was dropping his annual challenges this year to take a longer-term focus on the decade ahead.
Among the hundreds of comments the post received were jokes about Hamill - and other baby boomers - needing glasses to see ("Should have Luked more carefully", one Twitter user quipped), and liberal sharing of Star Wars memes featuring characters like Yoda and Maz Kanata.More news: 'Living robot' developed by scientists using frog embryos
Musk removed SpaceX, Tesla and his own official pages from Facebook. Google quickly followed suit with limits on political ads across some of its properties, though narrower in scope.
In contrast, another tweet questioned whether it was Facebook's place to censor politicians or their ads and suggested instead putting notice labels on demonstrably false messages.
This is keeping with Facebook's newsworthiness exemption, introduced in 2016, which allows posts that break community standards "if we believe the public interest in seeing it outweighs the risk of harm", VP of global affairs and communications Nick Clegg said previous year.More news: Happy And Excited For Tanahji's Response Says Kareena Kapoor
Micheil Salmons, the store's general manager, said they eventually tried reaching out to Hamill via social media.
For 2020 - in light of the major challenges facing the social media company in the coming decade - Mark Zuckerberg said he has decided not to set a yearly goal at all.More news: Kashmir gets partial internet but no social media
"We don't have a policy that stipulates that the information you post on Facebook must be true, "a Facebook spokesperson told the ABC in May 2019".