MAJOR companies are fleeing Facebook in droves as anger about the social site’s privacy scandal grows.
Facebook is now facing legal action and plummeting share prices over the fiasco, and it’s now losing loads of business too. We’ve rounded up all the companies twisting the knife by binning Mark Zuckerberg’s app.
From The Sun
In late March, tech mogul Elon Musk tweeted: “What’s Facebook?” – amid all the fury around Facebook’s scandal.
The SpaceX and Tesla boss was suggesting he didn’t even know what Facebook was, despite both of his companies having Facebook pages.
Another Twitter user challenged him, writing: “Delete SpaceX page on Facebook if you’re the man?”
To which Musk replied: “I didn’t realise there was one. Will do.”
And sure enough, the Facebook page for space exploration firm SpaceX disappeared into thin air.
But Musk didn’t stop there.
He also culled the Facebook page for Tesla – his electric car company – too.
And to really rub it in, he said that he’d “literally never seen” the SpaceX page before the Twitter exchange.
Early on March 28, the son of late Playboy founder Hugh Hefner said that the magazine would be ditching Facebook.
Cooper Hefner tweeted that Playboy would no longer have a page on the site, and swiftly proceeded to kill the saucy mag’s Facebook profile.
And surprisingly, it turned out that it wasn’t just the Facebook privacy scandal that wound the 26-year-old smut baron up.
“Facebook’s content guidelines and corporate policies continue contradicting our values,” he explained.
“We’ve tried to craft our voice for the platform, which in our opinion continues to be sexually repressive.”
He also expressed his anger at about how Facebook “handles user’s data”, saying it made it “clear to us that we must leave the platform”.
Facebook Data Breach – what happened?
Here’s what you need to know…
- A personality quiz app obtained data for 270,000 willing Facebook users
- But it also sucked up info on all of their Facebook friends
- That meant the app caught data for around 50-60 million users
- This data was reportedly sold on to UK research firm Cambridge Analytica
- Cambridge Analytica helps politicians and lobby groups create propaganda
- The data was supposedly used to boost the Brexit campaign and get Trump into the White House
- Facebook is said to have known about the data breach since 2015
- The social network asked companies with the data to delete it, but didn’t enforce the rule
- The Guardian revealed the incident in an exposé thanks to Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie
- There are now serious questions about whether Facebook has broken laws by giving up this data
US car parts retailer Pep Boys said it was suspending ads on Facebook on March 26.
The company blamed concerns about data privacy for the decision.
A company exec said: “We are concerned about the issues surrounding Facebook and have decided to suspend all media on the platform until the facts are out and corrective actions have been taken.”
Germany’s second largest lender also killed off its advertising campaigns on Facebook in March.
The brand’s strategy chief said: “We are pausing our campaign on Facebook.
“Brand safety and data security are very important to us.”
The world’s most famous multi-room speaker company pulled advertising from Facebook in late March.
However, the company said the ads would only go offline for a single week.
“We are concerned by the recent revelations about Facebook and the exploitation of its platform,” the company explained.
“Big digital platforms offer us incredible opportunities to personalise and contextualise the advertising we deliver to you.
“But with the power of those capabilities comes a great responsibility that can’t be neglected.”
The creator of the Firefox web browser slammed the brakes on Facebook advertising in March too.
“Mozilla is pressing pause on our Facebook advertising,” said Mozilla’s legal chief.
“Facebook knows a great deal about their two billion users – perhaps more intimate information than any other company does.
“When Facebook takes stronger action in how it shares customer data, specifically strengthening its default privacy settings for third-party apps, we’ll consider returning.”
We’ve reached out to Apple, Sony, Microsoft, Samsung, eBay, Amazon and Google to ask about whether they’re going to stop advertising with Facebook after the privacy scandal that exposed the personal info of unsuspecting Brits.
A Microsoft spokesperson said they had “nothing to share”. Samsung declined to comment. The other five tech giants didn’t bother responding to our question.