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The talented Bollywood actor-cum-director Farhan Akhtar has joined the list of celebrities who have deleted their Facebook accounts in the wake of a data breach row involving the social media giant.
Good morning. This is to inform you all that I have permanently deleted my personal Facebook account.
However, the verified FarhanAkhtarLive page is still active.
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) March 27, 2018
“Good morning. This is to inform you all that I have permanently deleted my personal Facebook account. However, the verified FarhanAkhtarLive page is still active,” the 44-year-old tweeted.
Although the Bollywood star did not delve into details regarding the reason for the move, it follows a series of similar moves by Elon Musk, Cher and Jim Carrey which makes it quite apparent anyway.
As the #DeleteFacebook movement gathered momentum, celebrities joined the chorus and quit the social media platform.
“Delete SpaceX page on Facebook if you’re the man?” a user tweeted to Tesla Chief Executive Musk. His response: “I didn’t realize there was one. Will do.”
Facebook pages of SpaceX and Tesla, which had millions of followers, are no longer accessible.
Musk had begun the exchange by responding to a tweet from WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton on the #DeleteFacebook tag.
The hashtag gained prominence after the world’s largest social network upset users by mishandling data, which ended up in the hands of Cambridge Analytica – a political consultancy that worked on US President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign.
Singer Cher also removed her Facebook page on the same day.
Further, last month Jim Carrey tweeted: “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.”