Elon Musk has removed Tesla and SpaceX’s Facebook pages after Twitter challenge

During a tweetstorm, Elon Musk has removed both of his companies’ Facebook pages after being challenged to do so by a few of his followers. The pages of both SpaceX and Tesla are now inactive. Each had around 2.6 million followers.

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. “What’s Facebook?” Musk queried. Afterward, a follower told Musk he should delete SpaceX’s Facebook page if Musk was “the man.” Musk claimed he didn’t even know it existed and then said he would, probably in an attempt to preserve his “the man” status.

Things ballooned from there. After someone showed Musk a screengrab of the SpaceX Facebook page, he noted it was the first time he had seen it and that it would “be gone soon.” Then someone prompted him to delete Tesla’s Facebook page, with Musk responding that it “looks lame anyway.” And just for good measure, it seems that the Facebook page for Tesla-owned Solar City has disappeared as well.

Musk’s massive Facebook troll comes on the heels of a particularly bad week for the social media company. Over the weekend, it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica, a consulting firm that worked on President Trump’s election campaign, had improperly acquired data from 50 million Facebook users. The backlash has continued since then, with Facebook users showing concern over the disregard for their privacy and government officials demanding answers.

Despite the anti-Facebook stance Musk is taking, SpaceX and Tesla are still alive on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. Perhaps Musk will shun that platform, too — if he is the man.

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hooray, let’s all delete that crap.

#ImWithElon

He should start a social network, I’m getting excited about the potential brand name.

FaceX?

slap x? boring net? boredom ? crapcon? einstein? newton? zuckerberg? I am the man? I am your man? I am so cool? I am the man? You are the man? I like man? I like attention? Attention W…? xD

Stupid. Just like this article.

Stupid. Just like Elon "facebook delete". The account will be back in a few days. It is a stock market gamble.

FaceX would be amazing!
Maybe he could launch a social network for Mars?

Lolololo ^This^

I’d say Bored would be fitting

my guess is he calls it "The Social Network" .. then Justin Timberlake chimes and tells him to remove the "The".

- The Boring Social Network
- The Boring Space Network
- The Space Boring Network
- The Musky Network

Awesome movie.

Such a great scene

UNESCO

The PlayPal

If he is the man…

ManMusk

Spacebook

In Russia, faxbook

Woah, Elon and I have something in common… neither of us knew Tesla/Space X had a Facebook page.

It’s such a silly comment. Every company with more than 1000 employees has a Facebook page.

every company that facebook manages to scrap from a phone directory or other publicly accessible data source has a page made without their permission by facebook.

Yea, that’s not how it works. Facebook doesn’t make pages. Users make pages.

Great.

Oh no. I liked that

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