Playboy Latest to Delete Facebook Amid Data Handling Fallout

Mindy Sparks
March 28, 2018

Cooper Hefner, son of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, said early Wednesday that the magazine was pulling its Facebook page.

"Facebook's content guidelines and corporate policies continue to contradict our values", the chief creative officer wrote in a post simultaneously posted on Instagram and Twitter. It wasn't clear whether Playboy has control over those pages.

The decision was announced late Tuesday night with the company saying it had deactivated all accounts managed by Playboy Enterprises. It's not full-scale account deletion, but it does more or less add Playboy's voice to those of Elon Musk and WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton, who say Facebook's ethical lapses over data protection are too much for them. Facebook pages of SpaceX and Tesla, which had millions of followers, are no longer accessible.

Last week, tech billionaire Elon Musk deleted the Facebook pages for his two main businesses, electric auto maker Tesla (TSLA) and rocket startup SpaceX.

Aside from big names leaving the platform and the whole #DeleteFacebook movement, Facebook has plenty of other Cambridge Analytica-related issues.

Singer Cher also deleted her personal Facebook, explaining while the account has helped with charity work, "there are more important things than [money emojis]".

A week ago Cher announced she deleted her Facebook ago.

New Zealand's privacy commissioner John Edwards announced he was deleting his Facebook in an article on the Spin Off. Soon after that, Apple CEO Tim Cook asked for "well-crafted" privacy regulations in light of Facebook's newest privacy scandal.

Facebook, with more than 2 billion users a month, provides advertisers with the ability to customize their messages and target who sees them by selecting from preset lists of demographics, likes, behaviors and interests, while excluding others. These companies include Mozilla, Commerzbank, Pep Boys and Sonos.

On Sunday, AFP reported that Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg took out full-page ads in nearly all of Britain's national newspapers Sunday to apologize for a huge data privacy scandal.

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