Elon Musk deletes SpaceX, Tesla Facebook pages on a Twitter challenge

  • Elon Musk deletes SpaceX, Tesla Facebook pages on a Twitter challenge

Elon Musk deletes SpaceX, Tesla Facebook pages on a Twitter challenge

The verified Facebook pages of Tesla and SpaceX companies have been closed shortly after CEO Elon Musk promised to do so, after being challenged by a user on Twitter.

On Friday, a Twitter user asked Elon Musk if he planned on deleting the SpaceX Facebook page.

After several users suggested Musk delete the Facebook pages for his companies SpaceX and Tesla, Musk agreed.

Earlier this week, WhatsApp co-founder and former Facebook employee Brian Acton went to Twitter to encourage people to #DeleteFacebook in light of the company's recent privacy scandal with Cambridge Analytica.

Elon Musk apparently wasn't even aware of his company Tesla or SpaceX had a Facebook page. All that was left was a "Sorry, this content isn't available right now", page. "Also, we don't advertise or pay for endorsements, so ... don't care." said Musk.

"Instagram's probably okay imo [in my opinion], so long as it stays fairly independent", Musk wrote.

The space developer and billionaire at first did not realize that SpaceX even had a Facebook page.

Musk also addressed that brouhaha, responding to a reporter's tweet about the incident: "Yeah, my fault for being an idiot".

"What's Facebook?" quipped Musk in response.

"Until this debacle, I had no idea", said Pat Hager of Bismarck, North Dakota, who is considering deactivating Facebook.

When Zuckerberg was asked about Musk's views on the dangers of robots, he chided "naysayers" whose "doomsday scenarios" were "irresponsible". "His understanding of the subject is limited".

Musk's distaste for Facebook may date back to 2016 controversy, in which Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg blamed Musk's SpaceX for a failed launch which destroyed its satellite.

Facebook is facing lawsuits and calls for CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before Congress over data-miner Cambridge Analytica's use of Facebook users' personal information without permission, which has been linked to the campaign of President Donald Trump.

As the United States continues to pursue aeronautical technological innovation, we can't let the details of how Musk's reliance on government support be forgotten, as that would make the country vulnerable to misunderstanding how market-based innovation and advancement is actually created.

Information from Bloomberg News was included in this report.