#DeleteFacebook Gains Popularity with Elon Musk Deleting Tesla, SpaceX Pages from Facebook

26 March, 2018, 02:38 | Author: Teresa Adams
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Facebook is reeling from the controversy over Cambridge Analytica, a psychological consulting and campaigning company which is accused of taking data from around 50 million Facebook users, mainly from the United States, without permission. Facebook allowed thousands of app developers to harvest data through third party online games and quizzes and then used it to target American voters with emotionally specific messaging.

The baby he fathered by his own step-daughter was as the result of a one-off "mistake", Errol Musk - the South African father of the tech billionaire Elon Musk, has revealed.

Musk had begun the exchange by responding to a tweet from WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton on the #deletefacebook tag.

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Elon Musk, the United States billionaire owner of SpaceX and Tesla, erased the Facebook pages of his companies on Friday in response to a challenge from Twitter users who encouraged him to do so. "Will do", Musk replied. Mozilla, Tesla and other companies are distancing themselves from Facebook following revelations of a major leak of user data to political consultants associated with the 2016 Trump campaign.

Musk, CEO of both SpaceX and Tesla, Inc, replied to a comment on Twitter calling for him to take down the SpaceX, Tesla and Musk official pages in support of the #DeleteFacebook movement by saying "I didn't realise there was one". It was deleted soon after.

Musk, who occasionally posts photos and videos on Instagram, admitted that Facebook's influence was creeping into the photo-sharing site. Will do." Minutes later he followed up another request to delete the Tesla Facebook page, tweeting back: "Definitely. "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". He added: "Also, we don't advertise or pay for endorsements, so ... don't care". "Product lives or dies on its own merits".

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"What is Facebook?" Musk tweeted.

Of course, Musk would have one less spot to share clips of his nifty flamethrower if he left Instagram - which he has not done at the time of this writing.

The abrupt move came after a Twitter user urged him to delete his company's accounts from the world's most popular social media platform. When asked about his father in a Rolling Stone interview a year ago, Elon didn't hold back.

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