Following calls to delete Facebook in the aftermath of the company’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, Elon Musk just deleted his companies’ SpaceX, Tesla and Hyperloop Facebook pages.
Musk claimed he wasn’t even aware the verified pages for SpaceX and Tesla existed until someone mentioned it on Twitter. In response to WhatsApp founder Brian Acton calling on people to “#deletefacebook,” Musk chimed in asking what Facebook was before taking down the verified pages for his companies.
This boycott is even more interesting, given Musk’s past relationship with Facebook. In September, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket with a Facebook satellite exploded on launchpad. Following that, Facebook has put its space broadband internet plans on hold. In another incident in the past, Musk has trolled Zuckerberg and called his understanding of artificial intelligence “limited.”
After this public display of displeasure, it’d be interesting to see how Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg’s relationship turn out to be in future.
Musk and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg have had issues before. In 2016, a SpaceX rocket exploded on a Florida launchpad, which destroyed a Facebook satellite in the process. The satellite was being used by Facebook as part of the company’s plan to bring Internet to parts of Africa.
“As I’m here in Africa, I’m deeply disappointed to hear that SpaceX’s launch failure destroyed our satellite that would have provided connectivity to so many entrepreneurs and everyone else across the continent,” Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook at the time.
Musk addressed the incident, saying he took responsibility and gave Facebook a free launch to make up for it.
Just in case you’re wondering, Musk continues to use Instagram. He loves the photo-based social network and is heavily active on the platform. In another tweet, he said that Instagram is probably okay as long as it remains fairly independent. Well, Instagram has its own set of problems and creepy tracking issues and it’s the subject of another article.