Elon Musk deletes Tesla & SpaceX Facebook pages; Mozilla follows suit

By : |March 24, 2018 0

Joining the bandwagon for the #DeleteFacebook movement, Elon Musk yesterday deleted the Facebook pages of his companies- Tesla and SpaceX. Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX was answering to a flurry of tweets when he responded to WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton’s tweet and playfully asked, “What’s Facebook?”.

Another user pointed Musk to SpaceX’s Facebook page and challenged him to delete that too. Musk claimed that he didn’t even know the pages existed.

Then someone prompted him to delete Tesla’s Facebook page, with Musk responding that it “looks lame anyway.”

A few minutes later Facebook pages of Tesla and SpaceX were deleted. The Facebook pages for Tesla and SpaceX had over 2.6 million likes and followers and high engagement rates. However, Tesla and SpaceX are still alive on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook.

Musk’s massive move comes as it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica, a consulting firm that worked on President Trump’s election campaign, had improperly acquired data from 50 million Facebook users. The backlash has continued since then, with Facebook users showing concern over the disregard for their privacy and government officials demanding answers.

Mozilla has also suspended its ad campaigns on Facebook. The company in a blog post wrote, “Mozilla is pressing pause on our Facebook advertising. While we believe there is still more to learn, we found that its current default settings leave access open to a lot of data – particularly with respect to settings for third-party apps.”

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