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Elon Musk deletes SpaceX and Tesla pages from Facebook

Elon Musk deletes SpaceX and Tesla pages from Facebook

Elon Musk Deletes Facebook Pages For Space X And Tesla

Recently, a whistleblower, Christopher Wylie shocked the world when he revealed that data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica and Facebook were involved in a scandal wherein the former illegally lifted data of millions of Facebook users’ without their knowledge and consent and used it to influence voter trends in several countries. Facebook allowed thousands of app developers to harvest data through third party online games and quizzes and then used it to target American voters with emotionally specific messaging. This revelation caused an outrage online and resulted in the #DeleteFacebook movement.

Earlier this week (March 20), Brian Acton, co-founder of Facebook-owned WhatsApp had tweeted “It is time. #DeleteFacebook.” Responding to Acton’s tweet was Elon Musk, chief executive for Tesla and SpaceX, who tweeted on Friday (March 23) with “What’s Facebook?”

“Delete SpaceX page on Facebook if you’re the man?” a twitter user pointed out and challenged Musk to delete it.

“I didn’t realize there was one. Will do,” Musk replied.

In tweets that followed later, Musk reiterated that the SpaceX page “will be gone soon” and that he “literally never seen it even once.”

Barely, half an hour later, Musk reportedly had the SpaceX Facebook page taken offline.

When another Twitter user asked Musk if Tesla’s Facebook page too be deleted, he wrote, “Definitely,” and added “Looks lame anyway.” It was deleted soon after.

The removal of official Facebook pages for SpaceX and Tesla, saw them losing a combined of more than 5 million followers in the process.

However, SpaceX and Tesla still have a profile on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. Musk wrote that, “Instagram’s probably okay imo [in my opinion], so long as it stays fairly independent. I don’t use FB [Facebook] & never have, so don’t think I’m some kind of martyr or my companies are taking a huge blow. Also, we don’t advertise or pay for endorsements, so … don’t care.”

Musk even went on to write, “We’ve never advertised with FB. None of my companies buy advertising or pay famous people to fake endorse. Product lives or dies on its own merits.”

When someone on Twitter questioned Musk as to why did he delete SpaceX’s Facebook page, he replied briefly.

This is not the first time Musk has argued with the social-media giant. In 2016, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg blamed SpaceX’s launch failure that had destroyed a Facebook satellite. Last year, Zuckerberg had criticized Musk’s negative view that artificial intelligence (AI) is a threat to humanity.

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Kavita Iyer

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1 Comment

  1. Elon Musk is the only tech guru that does not have his head it the cloud. I feel like there is a pun there somewhere. LOL

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