WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- World-renowned author Stephen King has quit Facebook, according to his Twitter post late last month.
- “I’m quitting Facebook,” the horror and fantasy author tweeted. “Not comfortable with the flood of false information that’s allowed in its political advertising.”
- King has deactivated his Facebook page since but urged his fans to follow him on Twitter for updates.
American author Stephen King has left Facebook after raising concerns regarding false information and privacy. He deleted his account on the platform and urged fans to follow him on Twitter instead.
“I’m quitting Facebook,” King posted on Twitter Friday. “Not comfortable with the flood of false information that’s allowed in its political advertising, nor am I confident in its ability to protect its users’ privacy. Follow me (and Molly, aka The Thing of Evil) on Twitter, if you like.”
The 72-year-old author has written over 50 books and is famous for his works in the horror and fantasy genres, including The Shining, Carrie, The Mist, Pet Sematary and It, among others. Many of his books have been adapted into movies and television programs.
King is politically active and very vocal about his views on President Donald Trump. He’s not much of a fan of Facebook either.
The social media platform has encountered increasing scrutiny for allowing politicians to run false advertisements.
Facebook said on January 9 that it would not prohibit political advertising or institute any sort of fail-safe measure to avoid lies presented in those ads from politicians from propagating across the Internet.
Facebook allows advertisers to target small groups, including even specific groups of users, with ads, CNN reported. Some of Facebook’s critics, including some of its employees, have raised concerns that such highly-targeted political ads could undermine political discourse by decreasing the chance that rival campaigns and the press can see the ads and provide transparency and context for the messages.
In October, Twitter announced that it will stop accepting political ads.