Massive Attack have announced they are leaving Facebook following the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal.
This weekend (March 17), it emerged the political data firm that was hired by Donald Trump‘s 2016 election campaign collected private information from 50 million Facebook users without their knowledge.
The Bristol group have now deleted their official Facebook page. In a statement on their Twitter page, they wrote: “In light of FB’s continued disregard for your privacy, their lack of transparency and disregard for accountability – Massive Attack will be temporarily withdrawing from FB.”
In light of FB’s continued disregard for your privacy, their lack of transparency and disregard for accountability – Massive Attack will be temporarily withdrawing from FB
We sincerely hope they change their… https://t.co/DAxMVYSwff
— Massive Attack (@MassiveAttackUK) March 21, 2018
Fans are being encouraged to visit the band’s official website for updates and news while their Facebook page is inactive.
Last year, Massive Attack hit out at Pete Tong for covering their seminal single ‘Unfinished Sympathy’ for his ‘Ibiza Classics’ album without their permission.
The record and accompanying tour saw the DJ reimagine huge tracks by the likes of Daft Punk, Moby, Rob Dogan, Basement Jaxx and more, with the assistance of the Heritage Orchestra and conductor Jules Buckley.
However, the trip-hop duo slammed the project as a “nostalgia nightmare roadshow”, and urged him to donate proceeds to aid the refugee crisis. “I don’t recollect you getting in touch to see if we would mind,” 3D wrote in an open letter to Tong regarding the cover. “But for your information: When we play that song we display photos of displaced people in refugee camps by the photographer Giles Duley on the screen to raise awareness for their plight and collect money for UNHCR.”