Top tech journalist to deactivate Facebook account: 'I am no longer comfortable there'

A former tech columnist for The Wall Street Journal announced Monday that he will be deactivating his Facebook account, saying he is "no longer comfortable there."

Walt Mossberg, who was also a top editor at The Verge and Recode, said he will deactivate his Facebook and Facebook Messenger accounts.

He explained his decision in a series of tweets.


"Some personal news: I've decided to quit Facebook around the end of the year. I am doing this — after being on Facebook for nearly 12 years — because my own values and the policies and actions of Facebook have diverged to the point where I’m no longer comfortable there," he wrote.

"I am also quitting Facebook-owned Instagram and Messenger. I will remain on Twitter, and will continue to communicate via iMessage, email and SMS text with those who have my email address and/or phone number. Obviously, people who follow me here can also reach me via DM," Mossberg added.

Mossberg wrote in a third tweet that he is not "judging anyone who remains" on Facebook or anyone who works there.

"I am hardly the first person to quit Facebook and I am not urging anyone else to do so, or trying to spark some dump-Facebook movement," he said. "Nor am I judging anyone who remains, or everyone who works there. This is just a personal decision about where online I wish to participate."

Facebook has recently faced significant criticism for a number of controversies, including its handling of users' personal data and its hiring of consulting firm Definers Public Affairs.