After taking down the official pages of SpaceX, Tesla and his own page from Facebook, billionaire Elon Musk defended himself. In a tweet, he mentioned that he didn’t do it because someone had dared him to, he did it because he doesn’t like Facebook. The pages of SpaceX and Tesla had been put away minutes after Musk replied to a comment on Twitter, urging him to take down the pages of his companies in support of the #DeleteFacebook movement.
When WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton tweeted about deleting Facebook, Musk sarcastically replied ‘What’s Facebook?’
What’s Facebook?— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 23, 2018
Before being deleted, both SpaceX and Tesla commanded over 2.6 million Likes and Follows, and also had a very high engagement rate, reports say.
I didn’t realize there was one. Will do.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 23, 2018
The #DeleteFacebook trend had begun when it was revealed by the British media that an analytics firm called Cambridge Analytica harvested more than 50 million Facebook users’ data illegally, in activities that were connected with the US Presidential Election in 2016.
Musk was, however, more considerate about Instagram, another company owned by Facebook. He had tweeted that he never uses the social networking site and he doesn’t want to be a martyr, nor is his companies taking blows.Meanwhile, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted that his company had made ‘mistakes’ that led to the data breach. Several lawmakers have called on Zuckerberg to testify and the latter had agreed to do so.
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.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 23, 2018