Playboy deletes Facebook page, claims contradiction of values

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He said that Facebook is "sexually repressive" but that the move comes now because "learning of the recent meddling in a free USA election further demonstrates another concern we have of how they handle users' data - more than 25 million of which are Playboy fans - making it clear to us that we must leave the platform".

As Facebook weathers intense backlash from users, companies and governments over its mishandling of user data, Playboy Magazine has announced it will leave the platform altogether.

Playboy joins several technology companies that have announced they would be leaving or dramatically reducing their presence on the network.

"We've tried to craft our voice for the platform, which in our opinion continues to be sexually repressive", the statement said.

Hefner goes on to say that the "recent meddling in a free USA election further demonstrates another concern we have of how they handle users' data", adding that "more than 25 million" of those affected by the meddling "are Playboy fans". It wasn't clear whether Playboy has control over those pages.

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The move was announced late Tuesday by Playboy's chief creative officer, Cooper Hefner, who is the son of the magazine's late founder, Hugh Hefner.

Playboy did not say whether it would also deactivate any profiles it operates on Instagram, which is also owned by Facebook. Later, Kogan sold the data to a voter profiling company in the United Kingdom in the name of Cambridge Analytica.

Playboy's main Facebook page was taken down as of early Wednesday, though its versions for different countries such as Germany and the Philippines were still available. Her official page remains on Facebook. In it, he said he found Facebook to be non-compliant with the New Zealand Privacy Act.

A number of other companies have stopped short of deleting their Facebook accounts, but have paused advertising with the social media giant.

Playboy has reportedly deleted their Facebook page following headlines that a data firm allegedly used users' information to meddle in the 2016 presidential election.