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Cramer: My trust is selling Facebook—you just can't like the stock as much as you used to

Key Points
  • "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer explains the underlying negatives in Facebook's stock after CEO Mark Zuckerberg's hearing in Congress.
  • Cramer admits that his charitable trust has been selling shares of Facebook despite Zuckerberg's well-received testimony.
Can't like Facebook as much as you used to

As thin trading sent stocks lower and oil prices soaring into the close on Wednesday, CNBC's Jim Cramer searched for non-oil-related action that defined the tape.

"It's always weird when you look at the non-oil standouts on a day like today because the most glaring one happened to be the stock of Facebook. For the second day in a row, founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg dazzled by not dazzling," the "Mad Money" host said. "He almost made you believe that he's the conscience of social media."

Facebook's stock closed at $166.32 a share on Wednesday, gaining 0.8 percent on top of its 4.5 percent rise the day prior after a calm and collected testimony from the Facebook chief.

But even though Zuckerberg's testimony was largely well-received, Cramer warned investors not to be too forgiving with the embattled social media giant.

"We simply can't like Facebook as much as we used to," Cramer said, adding that his charitable trust has been selling shares of Facebook. "You don't like a company more after its CEO gets grilled by lawmakers, you like it less."

Congress' inclination to regulate Facebook could also reflect poorly on the stock, particularly when much of Congress seemed to have a weak grasp on the core aspects of the business, Cramer said.

The "Mad Money" host added that he didn't get what he wanted from Facebook: an independent investigator who could review Facebook's practices and try to prevent another situation like the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

"If there is another situation like this, Congress is going to take a pretty dim view of Zuckerberg's testimony," Cramer said. "He needs to get out ahead of the next scandal."

That, and not the earnings results, is why shares of Facebook are trading at such a low price-to-earnings multiple, Cramer argued.

"It's why we've been selling it for my charitable trust," the "Mad Money" host said. "I love the numbers, but I think the numbers could come down. This stock is a lot more risky than it was a month ago."

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Cramer: My trust is selling Facebook—you just can't like the stock as much as you used to

Disclosure: Cramer's charitable trust owns shares of Facebook.

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