Famous comedian and actor Jim Carrey on Tuesday publicly criticized Facebook for its role in the 2016 presidential election in the United States, proclaiming that he's dumping his stock in the world's largest social media platform and deleting his Facebook page so as to stop supporting a company that "profited from Russian interference in our elections." While referring to the controversy surrounding politically motivated misinformation campaigns that some intelligence communities claimed were previously targeting U.S. citizens, the 56-year-old said the Menlo Park, California-based firm is "still not doing enough to stop it," adding that anyone who is concerned about the future of the country should follow suit.
The tweet that can be seen below also contained a caricature of Facebook co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg accompanied by a derogatory term "fakebook" and a hashtag used by Mr. Carrey to urge people to "unfriend Facebook." In a statement later provided to CNBC, the actor and filmmaker additionally criticized the social media giant for a lack of corporate responsibility, calling for more regulatory oversight over the platform and similar services. Investor activism is a good starting point for prompting significant change at the firm, Mr. Carrey believes, having concluded that "what the world needs now is capitalism with a conscience." The celebrity whose net worth was estimated at approximately $150 million last year did not clarify how many Facebook stock he owned prior to dumping it in response to Facebook's recent controversies. The company rose nearly $7 on Tuesday, with its shares ending the day north of $185 in after-hours trading.
Mr. Carrey is just the latest name on the list of high-profile individuals who criticized Facebook in recent times, with the majority of such complaints being directed at its practices that previously allowed for the dissemination of the so-called "fake news." Despite holding largely opposite political views, media moguls and investors George Soros and Rupert Murdoch both called out Facebook in the last several weeks, with their comments ranging from pressure on Facebook to pay publishers whose content it's using to promote its service and present it as credible to proclamations that the social media platform is a "menace" that needs to be "broken." Facebook recently said it's looking to make its offerings more socially responsible going forward and try to ensure they're beneficial to people's wellbeing. The company posted yet another consecutive record-breaking quarter last week, revealing it generated $4.2 billion in net profit over the final quarter of 2017.
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. #unfriendfacebook pic.twitter.com/KHWgZzhhmp
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) February 6, 2018