Stephen King deletes Facebook account over 'flood of false information'

Stephen King deletes Facebook account over 'flood of false information'
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Author Stephen King announced over the weekend that he was quitting Facebook over the social media platform’s privacy issues and failure to forbid misinformation in political advertising.

“I'm quitting Facebook. 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,” King tweeted Friday, referencing his corgi.

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Critics of the social media giant have castigated it for its policy of not fact-checking political ads. Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenOn The Money: Economists flabbergasted after Congress leaves with no deal | Markets rise as the economy struggles | Retail sales slow in July Congress exits with no deal, leaving economists flabbergasted Trump touts NYC police union endorsement: 'Pro-cop all the way' MORE’s campaign was among those voicing criticism, blasting Facebook last October for allowing a spot from President TrumpDonald John TrumpUPS, FedEx shut down calls to handle mail-in ballots, warn of 'significant' problems: report Controversial GOP Georgia candidate attempts to distance from QAnon Trump orders TikTok parent company to sell US assets within 90 days MORE’s reelection campaign that falsely claimed Biden “promised Ukraine a billion dollars if they fired the prosecutor investigating his son’s company.”

During a round of questioning from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezJared Kushner denies Trump 'promoting' questions about Kamala Harris Progressives look to flex their muscle in next Congress after primary wins Democrats hammer Trump for entertaining false birther theory about Harris MORE (D-N.Y.) in October, Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergHillicon Valley: 'Fortnite' owner sues Apple after game is removed from App Store | Federal agencies seize, dismantle cryptocurrency campaigns of major terrorist organizations Facebook removed over 22 million posts for hate speech in the second quarter Hillicon Valley: Trump order targets TikTok, WeChat | TikTok fires back | Chinese firms hit hard in aftermath MORE was unable to answer whether, for example, she would be permitted to run ads targeting Republicans in primaries by claiming they voted for her Green New Deal policy proposals.

“If you’re not fact-checking political advertisements ... I’m just trying to understand the bounds of what is fair game,” Ocasio-Cortez asked during the House Financial Services Committee hearing.

“Congresswoman, I don’t know the answer to that off the top of my head,” Zuckerberg responded.

Other major social media platforms, including Twitter, have banned political advertising, citing the potential to spread misinformation.