Buzz to boycott Facebook have rounded all week after news broke that the data and information of about 5 crore users were harvested by political analytics firm and consultancy Cambridge Analytica. On Friday, the 46-year-old entrepreneur Elon Musk nonchalantly erased Tesla and SpaceX from the world’s most popular social media platform, Facebook.

The founder of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon has lately jumped on the #DeleteFacebook bandwagon. The trending Twitter hashtag #DeleteFacebook follows hard on the heels of the data leak news. Cambridge Analytica gained access to user data and allegedly used it to influence the 2016 US presidential elections in favour of Donald Trump, the current president of United States of America.

A US House committee urged Mark Zuckerberg to personally testify at an upcoming hearing about Facebook’s policies on user data. Facebook’s founder apologized for the data mishap.

“What’s Facebook?” Musk retorted.

In response to a question from a Twitter user about deleting SpaceX’s Facebook page, Musk replied on Friday: “I didn’t realize there was one. Will do.”

When asked if he’d delete the Tesla page as well, Musk responded: “Definitely. Looks lame anyway.”

He then deleted the SpaceX page, as well as the Tesla page from Facebook. However, Musk explained why he’s remaining on Instagram even though the social network is owned by Facebook.

Elon Musk challenged on Twitter, accepts and deletes Tesla and SpaceX Facebook Pages 5


Elon Musk challenged on Twitter, accepts and deletes Tesla and SpaceX Facebook Pages 6

The profiles had more than 2 million likes each

“I don’t use [Facebook] & never have, so don’t think I’m some kind of martyr or my companies are taking a huge blow,” Musk later wrote on Twitter. “Also, we don’t advertise or pay for endorsements, so … don’t care.”

Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg have squabbled in the past. Facebook CEO said last year that Elon over-hypes the potential dangers of artificial intelligence while Musk responded by tweeting that Mark’s “understanding of the subject is limited”.

Zuckerberg implicitly said last year that Musk over-hypes the potential hazards of artificial intelligence. Musk responded by tweeting that Zuckerberg’s “understanding of the subject is limited.”

The limit of Mark’s patience reached in September 2016 when a SpaceX rocket exploded on the launch pad, destroying a very expensive satellite of Facebook. Facebook planned to use the satellite to beam Internet to Earth.

When a Twitter user brought up that ordeal in a post-Friday, Musk responded with a hint of sarcasm: “Yeah, my fault for being an idiot. We did give them a free launch to make up for it and I think they had some insurance.”

Elon Musk has a strong presence and following on Twitter. He’s taken to the micro-blogging platform to sell hats and flamethrowers tied to The Boring Company, his underground tunnelling business. He’s tweeted in the celebration of SpaceX launches and Falcon Heavy rocket, as well as some of his tweets about artificial intelligence, are critical.


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