Elon Musk: Delete Facebook, ‘it’s lame’
Why is Elon Musk telling people to delete their Facebook?; Elon Musk speaks on stage during the E3 conference in Los Angeles on June 13, 2019.Charley Gallay | Devils Comedy Getty Pictures
Even though Elon Musk is very active on Twitter, he doesn’t seem to like Facebook.
The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX called Facebook “disabled” on Twitter Saturday, adding “#Delete Facebook” in response to a provocative Facebook tweet by Hollywood actor, writer, director and producer Sacha Baron Cohen.
In March 2018, Musk deleted the Facebook pages for Tesla and SpaceX, saying he “didn’t realize” there were pages on his companies’ platforms.
“I don’t use FB and never have,” Musk tweeted in March 2018. “So don’t think I’m some kind of martyr or my companies take great success.”
Musk tweet on not using Facebook
“It’s not a political statement and I didn’t do this because someone pushed me,” Musk wrote after deleting his companies’ Facebook pages. “I just don’t like Facebook. It gives me the willies. I’m sorry.”
In August 2018, Musk also deleted his Instagram account. Instagram belongs to Facebook.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak deleted his Facebook account in April 2018, and encouraged others to also get off the platform in July.
“There are many different types of people, and [for] some, the benefits of Facebook are worth the loss of privacy,” Wozniak told TMZ. “But for many like me, my advice is – for most people – you have to find a way to get off Facebook.”
Facebook did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
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Elon Musk publicly criticized Facebook, urging his followers to delete their accounts on the social media platform.
The entrepreneur tweeted using the hashtag #Delete Facebook, adding simply “disabled”.
Musk responded to an earlier tweet by Sasha Baron Cohen, who blasted Facebook in a lengthy rant at Facebook’s control over social media:
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This week’s revelations about the use of data from 50 million Facebook users for potentially shady purposes have prompted many people to announce they will leave the network in protest. One of the newest additions to the bandwagon is Elon Musk, a wealthy entrepreneur with companies like Tesla and Space X to his name—and he has followed a very public path.
It happened, as these things do, on Twitter.
“It’s time. #deletefacebook,” Brian Acton, co-founder of messaging service WhatsApp, wrote on Tuesday, the day the Federal Trade Commission opened an investigation into how Cambridge Analytica accessed Facebook data. For whatever reason, Musk decided to respond to Acton’s tweet on Friday. “What is Facebook?” he replied. He seemed to be joking, but someone decided to call out his stupidity.