Veteran Tech Columnist Walt Mossberg Shocks Tech World by Quitting Facebook and Instagram

Veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg (Photo: Jefferson Graham)
Veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg (Photo: Jefferson Graham)

Veteran tech columnist Walt Mossberg rocked the tech world Monday by announcing that he was quitting Facebook and company-owned Instagram, saying he’s “no longer comfortable” with the policies and actions of the company.

Facebook has come under fire all year from tech pundits, politicians and concerned citizens over multiple data breaches, collecting personal information that can be in turn marketed to advertisers and how easy it’s been for outside forces like Russia and other countries to manipulate media for political gain.

“I am hardly the first person to quit Facebook and I am not urging anyone else to do so, or trying to spark some dump-Facebook movement,” wrote Mossberg, who retired in 2016 after cover tech for years for the Wall Street Journal, ReCode and the Verge. He is currently writing a book about his years in tech.

“This is a decision I am making just for myself. If the company or the service change significantly for the better, in my view, or become effectively regulated, I may resume regular use.”

Mossberg declined further comment, saying he preferred to have his posts on Facebook and Twitter speak for themselves. Facebook also declined to comment.

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SOURCE: Jefferson Graham
USA TODAY