If you’re like most Americans, you probably have a Facebook account. If Jim Carrey has his way, you’ll get rid of it and that includes getting rid of any stock you might own in the social media company. Carrey, like many citizens and especially those in Hollywood, is outraged that Russia used Facebook to target voters with ads in order to sway the results of the election.
The trouble is not everyone agrees with that premise, but for those who do, will they follow Carrey’s lead? Carrey shared a post on Twitter with the hashtag #unfriendFacebook on February 6, 2018.
He announced he will completely delete his Facebook account because he says the company hasn’t done enough to rectify or stop the situation.
Carrey shared the announcement in a tweet shared on February 6, 2018. No stranger to political debates, Carrey frequently tweets about current affairs and events and often includes original works of art in his tweets.
You may see the tweet along with one of Carrey’s original art pieces depicting Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg below.
Jim Carrey also released a statement to CNBC about his call to delete Facebook and dump its stock.
I’m dumping my @facebook stock and deleting my page because @facebook profited from Russian interference in our elections and they’re still not doing enough to stop it. I encourage all other investors who care about our future to do the same. #unfriendfacebook pic.twitter.com/KHWgZzhhmp
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) February 6, 2018
According to the statement, Jim Carrey is taking issue with the fact that Facebook not only profited from the Russian ads but hasn’t taken action to correct the situation. He is calling on investors to put their money where their political views lie and take a stand.
Jim Carrey released the following statement.
“We must encourage more oversight by the owners of these social media platforms. This easy access has to be more responsibly handled. What we need now are activist investors to send a message that responsible oversight is needed. What the world needs now is capitalism with a conscience.“
Exactly how many people will rise up and take a stand with Jim Carrey remains to be seen. The tweet is getting a lot of attention and other celebrities, such as John Cusack, are retweeting it. As it grows in popularity, more people may take Carrey up on his suggestion and join the #unfriendFacebook campaign.
The tweet currently has 13,000 likes and over 1500 comments. It will take plenty of people dumping Facebook stock and deleting their accounts for the social media network to notice.
What do you think about Carrey’s suggestion? Will you take part in this form of protest and unfriend Facebook?