Elon Musk deletes official SpaceX and Tesla Facebook pages

Shawn Knight

TechSpot Staff
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Serial entrepreneur Elon Musk on Friday deleted the official Facebook pages for two of his largest companies, SpaceX and Tesla - wiping out millions of followers and likes in the process.

The events unfolded on Twitter after Musk replied to a Twitter post regarding a story from The Verge about Sonos pulling its ads from Facebook and Instagram for one week.


The comment picked up steam and within minutes, people were suggesting he delete the Facebook pages for SpaceX and Tesla. In one reply about the SpaceX page, Musk said he “didn’t realize there was one” and vowed to axe it. In response to another message asking about deleting Tesla’s page, Musk said “Definitely. Looks lame anyway.”

Less than half an hour later, both pages had seemingly been removed. Navigating to facebook.com/SpaceX and facebook.com/tesla currently generates the following error message.

As the #DeleteFacebook campaign picks up momentum, it’s not entirely surprising to see Musk distance himself from Facebook. In mid-2017, Musk and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg expressed conflicting opinions on their views of artificial intelligence. Musk at the time on Twitter said he had talked to Zuckerberg on the matter and said “his understanding of the subject is limited.”

Mozilla earlier this week announced it was pulling all advertising from Facebook. A day earlier, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton called for people to delete their Facebook accounts in protest of the recent Cambridge Analytica data scandal.

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cliffordcooley

TS Redneck
I've already been butthurt over Facebook and stopped using it for five years. Why would I follow them, now that they are butthurt? They didn't give a **** about me when I was butthurt.
 
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OutlawCecil

TS Evangelist
Anybody who deletes their Facebook account due to the "Cambridge Analytica data scandal" doesn't understand what it's even about. This was not Facebook's fault and when they found out about it, they did what they could to put an end to it. They also demanded the private information be immediately deleted. I love Elon Musk but clearly he deleted those accounts mainly because he didn't even know he had them.
 

Uncle Al

TS Evangelist
Hopeful the US will adopt the same principles and laws that Germany recently did to Facebook .... that would be a blessing
 

MilwaukeeMike

TS Evangelist
This was not Facebook's fault
This is ENTIRELY Facebooks fault This is exactly what Facebook was designed for. The mass harvesting and wholesale of user data for monetary and political gain. The issue for both the company and the casual users is just how much this has exposed what Facebook really is.
Right... and the kazillion dollars they make selling ads to the millions of people sharing baby and puppy pics is just a cover.

This is just a publicity stunt... and here we are giving them publicity.
 

poohbear

TS Evangelist
Hello, I own a small business and facebook is a huge source of advertisement & promotion for me & im sure countless other small businesses, so no, lets not delete FB. Alot of their issues can still be resolved and even regulated, I dont see how just deleteling FB is gonna resolve the problem? Even if ppl did, another dozen social media giants would just emerge to fill the vacuum.
 

regiq

TS Addict
Hello, I own a small business and facebook is a huge source of advertisement & promotion for me & im sure countless other small businesses, so no, lets not delete FB. Alot of their issues can still be resolved and even regulated, I dont see how just deleteling FB is gonna resolve the problem? Even if ppl did, another dozen social media giants would just emerge to fill the vacuum.
And you really think that being totally dependent on whims of one giant is good for your business?
Facebook created a whole new marketing ecosystem and is a monopolist in it but that's never a good thing.
If social media is to be fair it has to consist of many independent but interoperating networks with a common standard, like Diaspora or Movim.
https://diasporafoundation.org/
https://movim.eu/
 
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DaveBG

TS Maniac
I only use fake facebook accounts. I wonder why people give their personal data to this brown hole of a site...
 

Cubi Dorf

TS Booster
Social medias not the problem. Facebook handling of customer data is problem. They not saying to stop using social media. They trying put pressure on Facebook for stopping the exploitation of customers. If other social media takes Facebook place who not exploit customer then problem solved and you can still reach your customer online. Or if Facebook changes policy to stop customer leaving then problem solved. Doing nothing does not solve problem.


Hello, I own a small business and facebook is a huge source of advertisement & promotion for me & im sure countless other small businesses, so no, lets not delete FB. Alot of their issues can still be resolved and even regulated, I dont see how just deleteling FB is gonna resolve the problem? Even if ppl did, another dozen social media giants would just emerge to fill the vacuum.
 

Nobina

TS Evangelist
Hello, I own a small business and facebook is a huge source of advertisement & promotion for me & im sure countless other small businesses, so no, lets not delete FB. Alot of their issues can still be resolved and even regulated, I dont see how just deleteling FB is gonna resolve the problem? Even if ppl did, another dozen social media giants would just emerge to fill the vacuum.
That is the problem with FB. It has become a marketing site rather than a place you go to talk to people. And whatever gains you have from it won't justify their behaviour.
 

picka

TS Booster
And what about Google..? And Microsoft? And...
Facebook is just a tip of an iceberg. Our data is the main source of income for every major internet company - just read the ToSes. Maybe it's time for a change?
https://spreadprivacy.com/data-privacy-day-2018/
https://tosdr.org/

BTW have you heard about Snowden..? Everyone acts like they haven't...
Google values the data too much to give it away to third parties. They prefer to profit from it themselves by selling personalised ads.