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Stephen King deletes Facebook account over 'flood of false information'

Author Stephen King announced over the weekend that he was quitting Facebook over the social media platform’s privacy issues and failure to forbid misinformation in political advertising.

“I’m quitting Facebook. Not comfortable with the flood of false information that’s allowed in its political advertising, nor am I confident in its ability to protect its users’ privacy. Follow me (and Molly, aka The Thing of Evil) on Twitter, if you like,” King tweeted Friday, referencing his corgi.

Critics of the social media giant have castigated it for its policy of not fact-checking political ads. Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden responds to GOP senator’s impeachment warning Sanders leads in Iowa ahead of caucus: poll The Memo: Trump threatens to overshadow Democrats in Iowa MORE’s campaign was among those voicing criticism, blasting Facebook last October for allowing a spot from President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump shares then deletes tweet praising Chiefs for representing ‘Great State of Kansas’ Ken Bone endorses Andrew Yang for president: ‘#YangGang all the way!’ Loeffler works to gain traction with conservatives amid Collins primary bid MORE’s reelection campaign that falsely claimed Biden “promised Ukraine a billion dollars if they fired the prosecutor investigating his son’s company.”

During a round of questioning from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezStuck in DC for impeachment, senators hold ground in Iowa The Memo: Trump tries to steal Democrats’ thunder in Iowa Overnight Energy: Sanders introduces bill to ban fracking | Trump officials propose rolling back law protecting migratory birds | Green groups threaten to sue EPA over airplane pollution MORE (D-N.Y.) in October, Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergZuckerberg: Facebook’s ‘new approach’ is ‘going to piss off a lot of people’ Hillicon Valley: Senate report on Russian interference expected next week | Facebook targets coronavirus misinformation | FCC says wireless carriers broke law by selling location data Facebook pushes back on Soros op-ed alleging ‘special relationship’ between platform and Trump MORE was unable to answer whether, for example, she would be permitted to run ads targeting Republicans in primaries by claiming they voted for her Green New Deal policy proposals.

“If you’re not fact-checking political advertisements … I’m just trying to understand the bounds of what is fair game,” Ocasio-Cortez asked during the House Financial Services Committee hearing.

“Congresswoman, I don’t know the answer to that off the top of my head,” Zuckerberg responded.

Other major social media platforms, including Twitter, have banned political advertising, citing the potential to spread misinformation.

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