No more Playboy on Facebook. You’ll have to buy the paper version. Or go to the website. Or Instagram.Image: MANDEL NGAN / StaffBy Stan Schroeder2018-03-28 07:38:45 UTC
If you’ve been perusing Playboy’s seminude photos articles on Facebook, we regret to inform you that you won’t be able to do that any more.
In a statement published Wednesday, Playboy announced it will leave Facebook’s platform and deactivate its official accounts.
The statement makes it sound as if Playboy was actually relieved to finally be gone from Facebook.
“For years, it has been difficult for Playboy to express our values on Facebook due to its strict content and policy guidelines. We have been faced with the only alternative being to alter Playboy’s voice in order to meet Facebook’s views of what is and is not appropriate on its platform,” it says.
But it’s “the recent news about Facebook’s alleged mismanagement of users’ data” that prompted Playboy to suspend its activity on Facebook.
“There are more than 25 million fans who engage with Playboy via our various Facebook pages, and we do not want to be complicit in exposing them to the reported practices,” the statement says.
Playboy’s decision to leave Facebook follows a major privacy scandal in which it was discovered that a data mining company called Cambridge Analytica allegedly misused personal data harvested from Facebook.
The fallout sparked the #DeleteFacebook movement, which urges users to simply stop using the platform. Several major companies, including Tesla and SpaceX, as well as celebrities like Will Ferrell and Cher, have already deleted their Facebook accounts.