MSNBC host Kasie Hunt announced her intention to delete her Facebook account on Wednesday, citing a lack of trust in the platform’s ability to protect its users private information.
As Facebook finds itself embroiled in privacy scandals, with revelations this week showing Facebook allowed Netflix and Spotify to read users’ private messages, and news last week that Facebook leaked private photos of up to 6.8 million users to third party app developers, it is facing an exodus of high profile personalities on the left.
“Unfortunately, I simply don’t trust [Facebook] any more,” Hunt wrote, revealing she would be discontinuing use of the platform totally in 2019. ” She also urged her fans to follow her in abandoning the social network.
— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) December 19, 2018
“To anyone who uses this as a place to get news, I urge you, DON’T,” she wrote, “It’s bad for your brain, divides you from your neighbors.”
Echoing the sentiments of other celebrities, Hunt concluded that Facebook is “worse for democracy,” and suggested those who use Facebook to become informed instead “read the paper, watch the news, or read” other mainstream websites.
Hunt joins a growing number of prominent leftists who are deleting their Facebook accounts amid privacy controversies and left wing accusations that Russian actors used the platform to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Yesterday Cher, pop icon and noted critic of President Donald Trump, announced she would delete her Facebook account and stop using Google, blaming the platforms’ pursuit of profit for the results of the 2016 election, and stating that the companies “might as well be conspiring with Russia to destroy our democracy.”
Struggling to please everyone, left wing criticism over privacy and Russian meddling concerns continues to ramp up for Facebook, even as conservative legislators in the Freedom Caucus grill top executives and begin to consider regulating the Big Tech platforms.
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Coronavirus Stock Market Tank is Biggest Since 2008
The plunge was fueled by new reports of the virus spreading globally.
The stock market has been sent reeling for a second straight day amidst reports of a growing Coronavirus pandemic, with the loss in stock value being the greatest two-day decline since the financial crash of 2008.
The S&P 500 index declined by more than 3% on Tuesday, closely followed by the Dow and NASDAQ. The decline in stock prices seems primarily fueled by new reports of the Chinese Coronavirus’ global spread. The disease is beginning to enter widespread circulation in countries such as Iran and Italy, the latter of which has been hardest hit by the viral disease in any country outside of Asia.
Trump administration officials are reassuring the public about the containment of the viral disease, hoping to shore up the decline in stock prices by encouraging discounted investment in the market.
The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. We are in contact with everyone and all relevant countries. CDC & World Health have been working hard and very smart. Stock Market starting to look very good to me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 24, 2020
Markets plunged immediately when officials of the Center for Disease Control were quoted as saying a genuine spread of the pandemic to the United States was “inevitable.” The governmental agency then went on the walk back the claims.
The coronavirus has directly affected the American economy by putting an effective freeze on imports from China, shutting down trade and exchange of goods in the pandemic’s epicenter. The implications of the disease on the American economy have led some commentators to question the wisdom of closely linking American markets to the authoritarian Communist nation, where the response to the disease has been heavily criticized for a lack of transparency.
The coronavirus outbreak shows how important it is for us to keep our borders secure.
It's also why @realDonaldTrump is right to want a trade policy focused on increasing American manufacturing. He understands that it's dangerous for our economy to be beholden to China!
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 25, 2020
As the virus appears to be picking up steam globally, it may seem that health officials are finally getting the better of the epidemic in China. New diagnoses of Coronavirus in China have decreased significantly over the past week.
The human suffering caused by the disease obviously remains the most pressing issue at hand. The economic implications will prove less lasting, and the decline in stock prices may present an opportunity for financial investment.
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