#DeleteFacebook: Elon Musk deletes Facebook pages of SpaceX and Tesla

Elon Musk wants Facebook gone for good, deletes pages of both of his companies

  • Published: March 24, 2018 10:23 AM IST

Elon Musk, the prolific CEO of space-exploration startup SpaceX and electric car manufacturer Tesla, has joined the #DeleteFacebook movement. WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton was the first high profile name to call it is time to delete Facebook with the hashtag this week.

Musk, known for no nonsense approach to his companies and their products, deleted Facebook pages of both of his companies’ after he was being challenged to do so on Twitter. The page of SpaceX and Tesla are now inactive and each of them has around 2.6 million followers.

Musk took to Twitter early in the day and responded to Acton’s tweet that contained the hashtag #deletefacebook. Musk replied, “What’s Facebook?” This led to his Twitter followers asking Elon to delete SpaceX’s Facebook page if Musk was “the man.” Elon, being Elon, claimed he didn’t even know that the page existed and said he would. It is not clear whether Musk is trying to prove that he is “the man” or is seriously concerned about data and privacy abuse on Facebook.

The matters escalated further when another Twitter user posted a screenshot of Tesla’s Facebook page and said this should be deleted too. Musk gave a sarcastic reply when he said, “Definitely. Look lame anyway.” Within a span of few minutes, the Facebook pages of both Tesla and SpaceX disappeared from the world’s largest social media network. It seems that Elon upped the ante further by deleting the Facebook page for Tesla-owned Solar City.

Since it was revealed on Friday last week that a UK-based big data firm Cambridge Analytica used wrongful practice to collect personal data of 50 million users, Facebook has been criticized by people from all sides of the spectrum. In a rare interview, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologized for handing too much control to developers and announced that the company will release a tool to see if your account is affected by the Cambridge Analytica data breach.

Firefox developer Mozilla announced plans to end advertising on Facebook amid the data breach yesterday while the call for regulating the platform intensifies globally. Elon Musk has just intensified the debate by deleting the Facebook page of two very aspirational technology companies in the world.

While Tesla and SpaceX pages have disappeared from Facebook, it is still active on Facebook-owned Instagram. Considering Musk, there is a possibility that he will delete those accounts too. That leaves us with only one question, what is the role of Musk’s social media manager now.

  • Published Date: March 24, 2018 10:23 AM IST