Playboy withdraws from Facebook

Playboy withdraws from Facebook

Playboy withdraws from Facebook

Hefner added, "Learning of the recent meddling in a free USA election further demonstrates another concern we have of how they handle users' data".

In a Facebook post Tuesday, comedy star Will Ferrell said he'd delete his account "in 72 hours" because he was "very disturbed to hear about Cambridge Analytica's misuse of millions of Facebook users' information in order to undermine our democracy and infringe on our citizens' privacy".

Last week, billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk deleted the SpaceX and Tesla Facebook pages after prompts from fans on Twitter.

Facebook is facing a massive data sharing scandal at the moment.

The company and its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, have come under heavy criticism over revelations earlier this month that Cambridge Analytica, a data firm with ties to President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign, reportedly accessed information from about 50 million Facebook users without their knowledge.

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The platform's guidelines may even have influenced the magazine's brief "no nudes" push, which saw it replace the smut with scantily-clad babes.

Playboy magazine president Hugh Hefner (C) poses with playmates 14 May 1999 on the steps of the Palais des Festivals before the screening of their movie "Entrapment" in selection for the 52nd Cannes Film Festival.

"Facebook's content guidelines and corporate policies continue contradicting our values", the exec wrote. That is why we have announced that we will be leaving Facebook's platform, deactivating the Playboy accounts that Playboy Enterprises manages directly.

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Despite the flurry of companies announcing their departure from Facebook, none appear to be ridding themselves of their Instagram accounts, despite the company being owned by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who also owns WhatsApp.

Last year, the long-running adult mag lost its founder Hugh Hefner, who died at his famed Playboy mansion at the age of 91. Let us know in the comments.

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