INTERNATIONAL - Since the Cambridge Analytica came to light, numerous celebrities, business owners and a bank have joined the #DeleteFacebook movement.
The latest high-profile business leader to have joined the movement is Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak.
In an email to USA Today, Wozniak explained that he will be shutting down his Facebook account as the social media giant struggles to cope with the worst privacy crisis in its history.
Here is a list of other high-profile individual that have joined the movement:
1. Tesla and Space X CEO Elon Musk
"I honestly feel (sad)" she wrote. "It was my first social media."
3. Cooper Hefner
Cooper Hefner, the son of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, said the magazine and digital company would also be leaving Facebook because the social media company contradicted Playboy's values.
"Facebook's content guidelines and corporate policies continue contradicting our values," Hefner said in a statement.
4. Will Ferrell
Actor Will Ferrell announced he will delete his Facebook account, despite having more than 10 million 'likes'.
He said in a statement that he was "appalled" that Facebook's reaction to the situation was to suspend the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower's account.
5. John Edwards
New Zealand Privacy Commissioner, John Edwards announced he would be leaving Facebook after alleging the social media platform "failed to meet its obligation under the Privacy Act".
Mozilla, the creators of Firefox have also joined the movement.
In a statement last week, the company announced it was "pressing pause" on its advertising campaign on Facebook.
"We are encouraged that Mark Zuckerberg has promised to improve the privacy settings and make them more protective. When Facebook takes stronger action in how it shares customer data, specifically strengthening its default privacy settings for third-party apps, we’ll consider returning," the company said in the statement.
German bank Commerzbank also said it was putting Facebook advertising "on hold" as it evaluates data security.
Sonos, A consumer electronics company added that they too will take a week-long break from advertising on Facebook as a result of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
"We are concerned by the recent revelations about Facebook and the exploitation of its platform," the statement read.
7. Pep Boys
US auto parts retailer Pep Boys said on Monday it would be suspending all advertising on Facebook Inc following concerns of data privacy, joining internet company Mozilla Corp in pulling ads from the social networking site.
"We are concerned about the issues surrounding Facebook and have decided to suspend all media on the platform until the facts are out and corrective actions have been taken,” Pep Boys chief marketing officer Danielle Porto Mohn said in a statement.
8. Brian Acton
The co-founder of WhatsApp, Brian Acton, despite having sold the application to Facebook for $16 Billion, also took to Twitter to share that users should delete Facebook.
He tweeted that "It is Time #deletefacebook"
- BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE