Mar 23 2018

Turkish user prompts Elon Musk #deletefacebook boycott

Tesla and Space X CEO Elon Musk responded to a Twitter user who called on Musk to join the #deletefacebook boycott and delete his company's page.

Musk deleted both companies' Facebook pages on Friday.

The boycott started after the news broke that data of about 50 million users was harvested by political analytics firm Cambridge Analytica. 

On Friday morning, Musk responded to Brian Acton’s widely shared tweet calling on the Tesla CEO to delete his companies' Facebook pages. 

“What’s Facebook?” Musk first tweeted at Acton, leading a Turkish user called @serdarprofile to tweet at Musk and say, “Delete Space X Facebook page if you are the man” on Twitter.. 

Elon Musk said he did not realise the companies has their own Facebook pages. 

Right after this, another twitter user shared Tesla's Facebook page screen shot, tweeting at Musk. After that, people asked if he'd delete the Tesla page as well. Musk responded, "Definitely. Looks lame anyway."

Within a few minutes two firms' Facebook pages were deleted. Both pages had more that 2 million likes and follows each.

"I don't use (Facebook) & never have, so don't think I'm some kind of martyr or my companies are taking a huge blow," Musk later wrote on Twitter. "Also, we don't advertise or pay for endorsements, so ... don't care."

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Musk's rivalry began in 2016 when a SpaceX rocket launch failed, resulting in the destruction of one of Facebook’s internet satellites.