MSNBC host Kasie Hunt announced her intention to delete her Facebook account on Wednesday, citing a lack of trust in the platform’s ability to protect its users private information.
As Facebook finds itself embroiled in privacy scandals, with revelations this week showing Facebook allowed Netflix and Spotify to read users’ private messages, and news last week that Facebook leaked private photos of up to 6.8 million users to third party app developers, it is facing an exodus of high profile personalities on the left.
“Unfortunately, I simply don’t trust [Facebook] any more,” Hunt wrote, revealing she would be discontinuing use of the platform totally in 2019. ” She also urged her fans to follow her in abandoning the social network.
— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) December 19, 2018
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“To anyone who uses this as a place to get news, I urge you, DON’T,” she wrote, “It’s bad for your brain, divides you from your neighbors.”
Echoing the sentiments of other celebrities, Hunt concluded that Facebook is “worse for democracy,” and suggested those who use Facebook to become informed instead “read the paper, watch the news, or read” other mainstream websites.
Hunt joins a growing number of prominent leftists who are deleting their Facebook accounts amid privacy controversies and left wing accusations that Russian actors used the platform to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Yesterday Cher, pop icon and noted critic of President Donald Trump, announced she would delete her Facebook account and stop using Google, blaming the platforms’ pursuit of profit for the results of the 2016 election, and stating that the companies “might as well be conspiring with Russia to destroy our democracy.”
Struggling to please everyone, left wing criticism over privacy and Russian meddling concerns continues to ramp up for Facebook, even as conservative legislators in the Freedom Caucus grill top executives and begin to consider regulating the Big Tech platforms.