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Mark Hamill Deletes Facebook, But Will He Turn Off His TV ?, Crypto Coins News

  • Star Wars legend Mark Hamill announced he’s deleting Facebook, and slammed Mark Zuckerberg for valuing “profit more than truthfulness.”
  • Hamill joins a bevy of celebrities and politicians who have condemned Facebook for its role in U.S. elections and its 2020 campaign ad policy.
  • But Facebook is followingthe exactpolitical ad policy television stations have fornearly a century. So may the farce be with you.

Mark Hamill tweeted Sunday that he’s going to delete his Facebook. The announcement drew cheers from his fans. The Star Wars actor lashed out at Mark Zuckerberg, saying Facebook’s CEO “values ​​profit more than truthfulness.”


He also tweeted a Malaysian flag emoji, an “is greater than sign,” and a money bag emoji. He corrected it to an “America is greater than money” emoji message in a reply tweet.

Celebrities Bash Zuckerberg, #DeleteFacebook

Hamill joins a number of notable politicians and entertainment celebrities in condemning or outright deleting Facebook. Hillary Clinton bashed Facebook in October for refusing to fact check political ads and censor those deemed false.

227661 presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren has beenon an absolute war path against Zuckerberg over Facebook’s hands-off policy. ********

Even before the policy became a publicity scandal for the social media giant,a number of celebrities had deleted Facebookfor its role in the 2019 election.

That includes Cher, Will Ferrell, Rosie O’Donnell, Jim Carrey, and even Elon Musk,who said Tesla’s Facebook page, “Looks lame anyway.”

But Facebook Is DoingNothing New

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The media and anti-Facebook activists have spoken of Facebook’s ad policy like it’s something radical. Many, like Mark Hammil, have painted it as an existential threat to American democracy itself. But television stations have done this for decades.

A television news veteran with (years as) a TV news director explains why


If TV stations were allowed to censor political ads, it still would be extremely tough to determine what makes a political ad false. Without some guidelines, every political candidate would claim that every one of their opponents’ ads was filled with falsehoods while their own ads were beacons of truth.


In fact television stationsaren’t allowedto fact check and remove political ads they deem false,by law. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would yank their licenses if they did. The Communications Act of 1934 Does not give television broadcasters any leeway to censor paid statements by political candidates.

So when FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub said last week that Facebook

, “has no idea how seriously it is hurting democracy,” she appeared to have no idea how democracy’s been working under FCC regulation by an act of Congress for nearly a century.

At least Hamill has the excuse that he’s just an actor, not an authority on U.S. policy. And can’t even tell the difference between the Malaysian and American flag in emoji form. It’s very odd that the media has completely overlooked how conventional Facebook’s political ad policy is. May the farce be with you.


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