The Twitter hashtag #DeleteFacebook pretty much sums up the sentiment stirring around the social network.
Some high-profile companies and individuals -- from Elon Musk to Cher -- are pulling back from Facebook following revelations that user data from Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics company affiliated with the Donald Trump presidential campaign, to try to influence the 2016 US presidential election.was misused by
After several days of public uproar, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg investigation into Cambridge Analytica and Facebook.the incident, outlining his company's response and, briefly, saying he was . Meanwhile, Congress wants Zuckerberg to appear in Washington, and the Federal Trade Commission has into the matter. The European Union also launched an
On Friday, a US House of Representatives committee urged Zuckerberg to personally testify at an upcoming hearing about Facebook's policies on user data. On Monday, the Senate judiciary committee said it has invited Zuckerberg, as well as the CEOs of Google and Twitter, to .
Facebook has also faced legal threats. On Monday, Illinois' Cook County, which includes Chicago, filed a lawsuit against both Facebook and Cambridge Analytica alleging fraud. "Facebook is not a social media company; it is the largest data mining operation in existence," the complaint says.
Neither Facebook nor Cambridge Analytica immediately replied to requests for comment.
Here are some of the companies and people, so far, who have distanced themselves from the social networking company:
- Mozilla: The developer of the Firefox browser said it will petition asking the social network to improve its privacy settings. Mozilla said it would consider returning if Facebook strengthens its privacy settings. , and it has established a
- Tesla and SpaceX: Founder Elon Musk Tesla and SpaceX after being asked to do so on Twitter. the Facebook pages for
- Sonos: The audio company is blog post. to not just Facebook, but also Instagram (owned by Facebook), Google, YouTube and Twitter for a week. In addition, it'll "go dark" on its Facebook and Instagram accounts next week "in solidarity with those seeking to build a healthier, more consumer-friendly tech ecosystem," the company said in a
- Commerzbank: The German bank said it will pull advertising from Facebook.
- Cher: The singer announced via Twitter that she's deleted her Facebook page, saying it was "VERY HARD 4 me."
- Tim Berners-Lee: The inventor of the World Wide Web described the scandal as "a serious moment for the web's future." He tweeted, "I can imagine Mark Zuckerberg is devastated that his creation has been abused and misused."
- Pep Boys: The auto parts retailer said it's suspending ads from Facebook "until the facts are out, there is clarity on outstanding investigations, and corrective actions have been taken," CMO Danielle Porto Mohn said in a statement.
First published March 23 at 6:12 p.m. PT.
Updated, March 26 at 2:17 p.m. PT: Adds comments from Tim Berners-Lee and Pep Boys, and news of a lawsuit from Illinois' Cook County.
CNET's Richard Nieva contributed to this report.
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