Tesla, SpaceX delete Facebook accounts

Musk was answering a flurry of tweets this morning when he responded to one from Signal's Brian Acton, co-founder of the Facebook-owned WhatsApp, that contained the hashtag #deletefacebook.

Other users chimed in asking him take his companies off the platform, and Musk replied that he "didn't realize" they had Facebook pages.

Another twitter user pointed out that SpaceX had a Facebook page, and challenged him to delete it.

And it didn't end there.

Musk kept his promise and deleted all the pages from Facebook which were used by Tesla and SpaceX to livestream rocket launches.

Many users have been supporting the campaign, but it is unclear how many users have so far deleted their Facebook accounts in protest of the data scandal. There were even a few Facebook pages claiming to be Musk himself.

Musk agreed and said it "looks lame anyway". That exchange resulted in an attempt, in addition to the discovery that Musk was uninformed his aerospace business had a Facebook web page.

Facebook is in hot water right now after it emerged that third party organizations, such as data and political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica, had access to private information about Facebook users. Now the Facebook pages of Tesla Motors and SpaceX are lying fallow in cyberspace.

Update for 1 p.m. PT March 23: Indivigital notes that Tesla's Facebook page had about 2.6 million likes, and that it put up 120 posts over the past year.

It's now unclear if this will affect the companies' social media presence, but Musk states that they've never advertised on Facebook, and that a "product lives or dies on its own merits".

He said he would continue to use Facebook-owned Instagram for the time being, but lamented "FB influence is slowly creeping in". Instagram is owned by Facebook.

However, Musk responded, "Instagram's probably ok.so long as it stays fairly independent".

He even said "We don't advertise or pay for endorsements, so. don't care".

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

  • Arturo Norris