Jim Carrey is encouraging his fans to delete their Facebook accounts.
The actor is taking a stand against the social media platform, in which he previously owned shares.
However, Carrey is deleting his page on the site and selling his stock because the company profited from Russian interference in the 2016 US election. Facebook has admitted that up to 126 million people saw ads paid for by Russian organisations whose aim was to influence the presidential race.
Carrey initially tweeted about his decision yesterday (February 6), telling his followers Facebook are “still not doing enough to stop it”. “I encourage all other investors who care about our future to do the same #unfriendfacebook,” he wrote.
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
He later added in a statement to CNBC that users “must encourage more oversight by the owners of these social media platforms”. “This easy access has to be more responsibly handled,” he said. “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.”
He continued to say that while America had “enjoyed a geographical advantage in the world” for a long time, “now social media has created cyber-bridges over which those who do not have our best interest in mind can cross and we are allowing it.” “No wall is going to protect us from that,” he added.
Recently, it was confirmed that Carrey won’t face trial over the suicide of his former girlfriend, Cathriona White.
Irish-born make-up artist White, 30, was found dead in September 2015 after overdosing on prescription drugs. Carrey and White began dating in 2012 after meeting on a film set. Though the couple split in late 2013, it is understood that they reunited earlier in 2015 before parting ways again shortly before White’s passing.