Farhan Akhtar deletes his verified Facebook account, experts say other celebs may follow
Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar on Tuesday announced he has “permanently” deleted his account from social networking website Facebook.
“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 posted on Twitter.
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
The actor-director, however, did not mention the reason for quitting the platform.
A cyber-expert, who did not wish to be named, said Farhan could be the first in a long line of celebs that could quit Facebook over privacy concerns.
“Facebook has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently, especially concerning its use of user’s personal data. Since celebrities have a lot more to lose than an average user, many of them may stay off it till the company comes back with an iron clad explanation and assurance that their personal data will never misused,” he told Local Press Co.
The 44-year-old actors move comes after Facebook faced worldwide criticism over the claims that Cambridge Analytica, the UK data analysis firm hired by Donald Trumps 2016 campaign, harvested and misused data on 50 million members.
The social networking giant has also come under fire from thousands of netizens and user privacy watchdogs, who have slammed the platform for the way it handled the fiasco.
Last week, entrepreneur Elon Musk also deleted Facebook pages of SpaceX, Tesla, and his own official account on the social media platform after being dared by a user on a micro-blogging site.
“It’s not a political statement and I didn’t do this because someone dared me to do it. Just don’t like Facebook. Gives me the willies. Sorry,” Musk tweeted.
It’s not a political statement and I didn’t do this because someone dared me to do it. Just don’t like Facebook. Gives me the willies. Sorry.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 24, 2018