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Time-honored Itoya stationery firm joins Delete Facebook movement

Kyodo

Stationery firm Itoya said it would soon delete its official Facebook page as a movement launched over the U.S. social media giant’s handling of user information reaches Japan.

“We cannot approve of the way Facebook uses personal data it has collected, although we have utilized it so far to let people know about Itoya more broadly and deeply,” the company said Monday in its sayonara post on the page, set up in 2011 and liked by more than 50,000 people.

A company spokesman said it will use its own website and Twitter to release information from now on.

The Delete Facebook movement has grown, with companies including U.S. electric carmaker Tesla shutting down their Facebook pages, after British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica was accused of obtaining personal information of up to 87 million users.

In Japan, the information of up to 100,000 people is believed to have been leaked.

Itoya, founded in 1904, runs 22 stores in Japan and abroad, including G. Itoya, a famous stationery specialty store and popular tourist spot in Tokyo’s Ginza shopping district.