WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Elon Musk, founder and CEO of both SpaceX and Tesla, has joined the #deletefacebook movement on Friday.
- The billionaire made a series of tweets Friday saying he would delete Facebook pages for SpaceX and Tesla while replying to messages from other Twitter users.
- On one of his tweets, Musk wrote “What’s Facebook?” as a reply to WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton’s tweet: #deletefacebook It is time.
Billionaire Elon Musk, or the team that manages social media for SpaceX and Tesla, followed the #deletefacebook campaign.
Acton, WhatsApp co-founder, coined the #deleteFacebook hashtag on Tuesday. That was his response to news that about 50 million Facebook users have been violated by improperly acquiring and using their personal data by Cambridge Analytica, a consulting firm used by President Donald Trump’s election.
One of Musk’s Twitter follower dared him, “Delete SpaceX page on Facebook if you’re the man?”
“I didn’t realize there was one. Will do,” Musk replied.
Another Twitter follower asked, “This should be deleted too right?” (pertaining to Tesla’s Facebook page)
“Definitely,” Musk answered. “Looks lame anyway.”
Tesla and SpaceX had more than 5 million followers combined, according to American technology website, VentureBeat.
SpaceX fans can still check the company’s amazing photos and videos on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr. Instagram and WhatsApp, are owned by Facebook.
One Twitter user even asked Musk to delete Instagram, too. “What about Instagram?” To which Musk replied:
“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.”
“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,” Musk added.
In 2017, Musk had argued with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about artificial intelligence’s impact on humanity saying that the Zuckerberg’s knowledge of AI was “limited.”