Stephen King, the “master of modern horror fiction,” has publicly attacked Facebook for allowing “a lot of false information” in his political ads, according tomedia CNET. Stephen King announced he would stop using the social network after expressing concern about the risks of disinformation and privacy on Facebook. The legendary writer singled out Facebook’s policy, which allows politicians to lie in political ads.
Stephen King said on Twitter on Friday: “I will stop using Facebook. I’m not satisfied with the amount of disinformation allowed in its political ads, and I can’t be confident in its ability to protect users’ privacy. If you prefer, follow me on Twitter (and Molly-aka The Thing of Evil). “
Since then, Stephen King’s Facebook account, which has 5.6 million followers, has been deleted.
Facebook’s firm refusal to change its policy on political advertising highlights the challenges facing the world’s largest social network in exacerbating false information ahead of the 2020 U.S. election. Democrats and civil rights groups have criticized Facebook for allowing false information, while conservative politicians and organizations have accused the social network and its rivals of censoring its content.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives defended the company’s decision, saying the public has the right to make their own decisions about politicians’ comments. “I don’t think most people want to live in a world where only tech companies can publish what they think is 100% real,” Zuckerberg said in a nearly 40-minute speech at Georgetown University last October. “
Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.