WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Elon Musk offered a much simpler solution to the debate over Facebook regulation: Delete it.
- Musk responded to a Twitter post by British actor Sasha Baron Cohen, who argued in favor of government regulation.
- The Tesla founder simply replied, “#DeleteFacebook It’s lame”.
Tesla founder Elon Musk offered a much simpler response to the debate over Facebook regulation: Just delete it.
His remarks were made in response to a Twitter post by British actor Sasha Baron Cohen, who argued in favor of the government regulating Facebook and reining in founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Cohen had written, “We don’t let 1 person control the water for 2.5 billion people. We don’t let 1 person control electricity for 2.5 billion people. Why do we let 1 man control the information seen by 2.5 billion people? Facebook needs to be regulated by governments, not ruled by an emperor!”
But Musk, who had often mentioned that he found Facebook unsettling, thought it was better not to bother.
Replying to Cohen’s post, Musk wrote, “#DeleteFacebook It’s lame”.
#DeleteFacebook It’s lame— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 8, 2020
The #DeleteFacebook movement started back in March 2018 after several media outlets reported that a data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica used information from hundreds of millions of Facebook profiles to try and influence how Americans voted in the 2016 US election.
Musk quickly joined this movement and deleted the Facebook pages for Tesla and his other company, SpaceX. He remarked that he hadn’t even known till then that SpaceX had a page.
He also said at the time that Facebook “looks lame anyway” and said in a separate tweet, “I don’t use FB and never have.” He later explained that it gives him “the willies.”
He then deleted his account on Instagram, which is also owned by Facebook, months later in August 2018.
Several other big names in technology have also sworn off Facebook in recent years. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak deleted his account in 2018 and called on others to do the same.
Renowned author Stephen King also recently announced that he has quit the platform. He explained that it was because of its seemingly insurmountable privacy issues and promulgation of false information, as reported by CNN.