LOS ANGELES: Actor Jim Carrey has deleted his Facebook account, claiming that Facebook was a beneficiary of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.
He urged the public to follow his lead.
In an Instagram post, Carrey said: “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.”
Facebook has revealed that up to 126 million Americans may have viewed content from Russia-based agents on its website since 2016.
In a separate statement, Carrey put pressure on Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg and other social media moguls, saying: “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.”
In November 2016, Zuckerberg denied that the spread of fake news on Facebook had contributed to the result of the US election.
A Facebook blog post a year later said: “It is important that people understand how foreign actors tried to sow division and mistrust using Facebook before and after the 2016 US election.
“That’s why, as we have discovered information, we have continually come forward to share it publicly and have provided it to congressional investigators.”
US intelligence agencies are currently investigating the role of social media websites in the dissemination of Russia-backed content.
Russia continues to deny all allegations of influencing the election.