Elon Musk joins #deleteFacebook movement by axing Tesla and SpaceX pages
Elon Musk joined the #deleteFacebook movement Friday by purging his personal page and those of his companies SpaceX and Tesla.
The entrepreneur revealed he had left the social networking service in a response to a tweet urging others to get rid of it, writing ‘What’s Facebook?’
A fellow tweeter called @sedarsprofile then replied ‘Delete SpaceX page on Facebook if you’re the man?’
Musk replied ‘I didn’t realize there was one. Will do.’ Shortly after the page disappeared.
Others asked why he was keeping Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, with Musk claiming he is currently less perturbed by the photo-sharing website.
He explained: ‘Instagram’s probably ok imo, so long as it stays fairly independent.
‘I don’t use FB & 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.’
The South African billionaire’s carefree rejection of Facebook heaps more bad publicity on the firm after a nightmare week.
It has been widely condemned amid claims users data was accessed by British metrics company Cambridge Analytica.
They in turn said Steve Bannon’s alleged decision to hire them during the 2016 U.S. presidential election helped Donald Trump sweep to victory.
After the scandal erupted, Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg admitted the company had made mistakes, and promised to shield Facebook users privacy more.