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Playboy pulls page from 'sexually repressive' Facebook amid Cambridge Analytica scandal

Playboy pulls page from 'sexually repressive' Facebook amid Cambridge Analytica scandal

It has deactivated the Playboy accounts that Playboy Enterprises manages, directly affecting some 25 million fans, according to the company.

Cooper Hefner, the son of the late Hugh Hefner, and now the company's chief created officer, also took to Twitter to say that Facebook is "sexually repressive" and its corporate policies and guidelines keep clashing Playboy's values.

"Facebook's content guidelines and corporate policies continue contradicting our values", the exec wrote. Hefner says that Facebook has been a "sexually repressive" platform but the company has taken the step now because of the recent reports of Facebook meddling with some 50 millions user data during United States elections 2016. "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". Other official pages using the brand name, like Playboy Netherlands, were still accessible on the site.

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On Tuesday, comedian Will Ferrell announced he would delete his account by Friday, explaining that, while a reluctant social media user to begin with, the Cambridge Analytica scandal "disturbed him".

In a statement, Playboy claimed Facebook's recent data mishandling controversy was their final concern with the platform over a long period of time, initiating their departure. However, company's Philippines and Germany pages continue to operate. Following the social network's ongoing data scandal, the men's magazine established by Hugh Hefner has deactivated its Facebook pages.

In the top 10 countries based on Facebook's popularity, the social network has seen a growth in nine compared with usage statistics of January 2018, while it has retained exactly the same MAU base in one-Brazil. Shortly thereafter, Tesla and SpaceX's Facebook pages.