After Tesla and Space X now its the time for Playboy magazine. Recently, it has released its press statement to officially announce its withdrawal from Facebook. Further, it has deactivated those accounts, managed by Playboy Enterprises, directly affecting some 25 million fans, as reported by the company. To mention more, Playboy becomes the latest company to join the call to #DeleteFacebook after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, after this path have been crafted by Elon Musk’s order and his order to remove Tesla and SpaceX pages from Zuckerberg’s social media juggernaut.
The press release statemented that, “The recent news about Facebook’s alleged mismanagement of users’ data has solidified our decision to suspend our activity on the platform at this time. There are more than 25 million fans who engage with Playboy via our various Facebook pages, and we do not want to be complicit in exposing them to the reported practices.”
However, it needs a bit mentioning here that Playboy, SpaceX, and Telsa are, however, still active on Instagram, which is again owned by Facebook. But this fact seemed to be overlooked by many Facebook deleters seem happy to ignore.
Obviously, Playboy certainly doesn’t hold the immense cultural influence it once did. However, the brand still holds a certain place in the hearts of the older generation of humans, especially the ones who still use Facebook. In fact, in 2014, Playboy reported that Facebook was its largest audience. But the reason back when was that, the magazine had stopped posting nudes, a practice that commenced last year, in order to court a larger following on social media.
This decision by Playboy to leave Facebook is the consequence of the major privacy scandal in which it was discovered that a data mining company called Cambridge Analytica had allegedly misused personal data acquired from Facebook.
Talking about the same issue, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton has asked his 21,000 Twitter followers to delete Facebook. His tweet read, “It is time. #deletefacebook.”
The fallout sparked the #DeleteFacebook movement, which had instilled users to simply stop using the platform. Several major companies, including Tesla and SpaceX, as well as celebrities like Will Ferrell and Cher, have already deleted their Facebook accounts.
Regarding the delete of the account, Musk also regarded that, “I don’t use FB & never have, so don’t think I’m some kind of martyr or my companies are taking a huge blow. Also, we don’t advertise or pay for endorsements, so … don’t care.”