Elon Musk Deletes Tesla, SpaceX Facebook Pages Amid Data Breach Fallout
The billionaire tech entrepreneur joined the #DeleteFacebook movement that has grown legs following the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Elon Musk has become one of the most high-profile members of the technology community to join the #DeleteFacebook movement.
The billionaire founder of Tesla and SpaceX on Friday morning deleted the Facebook pages for both companies. The move come less than a week after news reports revealed that Facebook had allowed the data of more than 50 million users to be mined by Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics firm with ties to Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
Earlier this week, the co-founder of WhatsApp, which Facebook acquired in 2014, tweeted a call to action. "It is time," wrote Brian Acton, who no longer works for the company. He added the hashtag #DeleteFacebook.
On Friday morning, Musk responded to Acton's tweet with a post that reads, "What's Facebook?"
What’s Facebook?— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 23, 2018
That message prompted Twitter users to challenge Musk to delete the accounts for his companies. After one person told him to "Delete SpaceX page on Facebook if you're the man," Musk responded, "I didn't realize there was one. Will do."
I didn’t realize there was one. Will do.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 23, 2018
Later, after another user chimed in about the Tesla Facebook page, Musk said it would also be deleted. "Looks lame anyway," he posted.
Definitely. Looks lame anyway.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 23, 2018
Both official accounts appear to have been deleted, though an account that seems to be the official Elon Musk page is still active. Meanwhile, Musk and his two companies still have active accounts on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook.
The actor Jim Carrey became one of the first public figures to support the #DeleteFacebook movement when, on Feb. 8, he tweeted that he was selling his Facebook stock and deleting his account because Facebook "profited from Russian interference in our elections and they're still not doing enough to stop it."