Jim Carrey deletes his Facebook account for a surprising reason
Jim Carrey has always had a bizarre persona, something which spread from his stand-up to his movies to how he held himself in interviews. But in recent months, things have hit a new level of weird.
Back in September, he crashed the New York Fashion Week's red carpet to tell an interviewer that "we're a field of energy dancing for itself", philosophizing and giving out vague condemnations of celebrity and the fashion industry. Then, just last month, he spoke about how by acting, he discovered that he "does not really exist".
"If you want to talk scientifically, break it down to a cluster of tetrahedrons that somehow believe they are a thing," Carrey said. "But they’re ideas — just ideas".
Carrey has not only turned his attention inwards, but also to the effects the government and can have on all of us. After waking up to the false ballistic missile warning during his stay in Hawaii, he took to Twitter to describe it as a "real psychic warning" and condemned the "one-man Gomorrah and his corrupt Republican Congress" for allowing it to happen.
Now it seems his outrage has led him to leave Facebook entirely, due to some revelations that were made about the company last year. In October 2017 Facebook admitted that 126 million users were exposed to Russian-bought advertisements that were intended to sway the 2016 election. Russia-based operatives had published around 80,000 posts on Facebook over two years in order to affect the vote.
Speaking before the Senate Intelligence Committee last month, Facebook wrote that "in some cases" they even recommended this content to users, "because we were not aware these pages were not legitimate, they were sometimes recommended when people followed similar pages, for example".
Perhaps after learning this news, Carrey tweeted out a message to his followers, urging them and any investors to drop out of the site due to how it has profited from the interference. Along with a hand-drawn picture of Mark Zuckerberg, he wrote:
"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. I encourage all other investors who care about our future to do the same. #unfriendfacebook."
In a statement to CNBC he said:
"We must encourage more oversight by the owners of these social media platforms. This easy access has to be more responsibly handled. What we need now are activist investors to send a message that responsible oversight is needed. What the world needs now is capitalism with a conscience."
"For a long time America enjoyed a geographical advantage in the world with oceans on both sides to protect it. Now, social media has created cyber-bridges over which those who do not have our best interest in mind can cross and we are allowing it. No wall is going to protect us from that."
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had initially called the idea of Russian interference "crazy", but later apologized for not taking it seriously enough. "After the election, I made a comment that I thought the idea misinformation on Facebook changed the outcome of the election was a crazy idea," he wrote. "Calling that crazy was dismissive and I regret it. This is too important an issue to be dismissive."
When asked whether there was any noticeable collusion between Trump and the Russian posts, the company said that it "does not believe it is in a position to substantiate or disprove".
An interesting thing to note is that Carrey was apparently an investor in the social media company, meaning that decision may have lost him a fair amount of money. If others follow suit, it may spell further problems for Zuckerberg.