Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has said people should be allowed to form their own judgements about what politicians say in ads
Star Wars actor Mark Hamill has deleted his Facebook account, lambasting the company’s political ads policy.
In a tweet, the celebrity accused the firm’s chief Mark Zuckerberg of having valued profit over truthfulness.
It followed its decision to let politicians run adverts that contain lies on the social network.
The firm has said that it does not believe decisions about which political ads run should be left to private companies.
So disappointed that #MarkZuckerberg values profit more than truthfulness that I’ve decided to delete my @Facebook account. I know this is a big “Who Cares?” for the world at large, but I’ll sleep better at night. #PatriotismOverProfits 🇲🇾>💰 https://t.co/seb2eJMTo6
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) January 12, 2020
According to BBC, Facebook declined to comment in reaction to Mr Hamill’s post, but defended its policy in a post on Thursday.
“In the absence of regulation, Facebook and other companies are left to design their own policies,” wrote Facebook’s director of product management, Rob Leathern.
“We have based ours on the principle that people should be able to hear from those who wish to lead them, warts and all, and that what they say should be scrutinised and debated in public.”
Other US tech firms have, however, opted to be more restrictive about what they allow.
One social media analyst said controversy over the matter was unlikely to fade soon.
“Facebook is bucking the trend in the run-up to the US elections later this year,” Alex Krasodomski-Jones, from the UK-based think tank Demos, told the BBC.
“The chorus of critical voices – from public figures and politicians – will grow louder as US presidential candidates ramp up their campaign spending.”