Although his career is defined by one performance, Mark Hamill is one of the most iconic actors in the history of movies. After all, he was the lead in "Star Wars," and kickstarted one of the biggest franchises in the history of movies.
When Hamill is not wielding a lightsaber on screen, he's often on social media expressing his opinions about the news of the day. Just recently, the actor deleted his Facebook account after criticizing the company for their stance on political ads.
"So disappointed that #MarkZuckerberg values profit more than truthfulness that I've decided to delete my @Facebook account," Hamill wrote in a Twitter post. "I know this is a big 'Who Cares?' for the world at large, but I'll sleep better at night."
Last week, Facebook announced that it would continue to let politicians run advertising and would not police the truthfulness of the messages being sent. Hamill is far from the only person outraged about this stance, which does nothing to police the truth.
In defending the decision, Rob Leathern, Facebook's director of product management, said that decisions about political ads are not Facebook's responsibility. "Ultimately, we don’t think decisions about political ads should be made by private companies," Leathern said.
He continued by explaining that politicians should be able to use the platform to reach their audiences and that their messages should be unfiltered, even if that also means they're untrue. It's a stance that's left many unhappy with the way Facebook has handled its influence over people's opinions.
"In the absence of regulation, Facebook and other companies are left to design their own policies," Leathern continued. "We have based ours on the principle that people should be able to hear from those who wish to lead them, warts and all, and that what they say should be scrutinized and debated in public."
Although Facebook's stance may be unsatisfying to many, Leathern is ultimately correct that social media companies could be regulated in ways that would take the decision out of Facebook's hands.
Facebook's former security chief Alex Stamos also expressed disappointment over Facebook's decision. In a tweet, Stamos explained where the line would be for him using examples. "I would limit the fact-checking to claims about opponents," Stamos said. 'Mexico will pay for the wall' is up to voters to judge, but a falsifiable claim like 'My opponent is going to be arrested' should be safer to judge."
As a general election approaches, Facebook's stance on this issue could have a huge outcome on the race.