American business magnate, investor, and engineer Elon Musk deleted his rocket’s company SpaceX and electric carmaker Tesla Inc, Verified Facebook pages on friday, minutes after the Silicon Valley billionaire promised on Twitter to take down the pages when challenged by users.
Delete SpaceX page on Facebook if you’re the man?
Facebook pages of SpaceX and Tesla, which had millions of followers, are no longer accessible. Musk had begun the exchange by responding to a tweet from WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton on the #deletefacebook tag.
Many users also urged the billionaire to delete the profiles of his companies on Facebook’s photo-sharing app Instagram.
“Instagram’s probably ok … so long as it stays fairly independent,” Musk responded.
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. Also, we don’t advertise or pay for endorsements, so … don’t care.
Instagram’s probably ok imo, so long as it stays fairly independent. 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. Also, we don’t advertise or pay for endorsements, so … don’t care.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 23, 2018
Musk has had run-ins with Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg in the past.When Zuckerberg was asked about Musk’s views on the dangers of robots, he chided “naysayers” whose “doomsday scenarios” were “irresponsible.” In response, Musk tweeted: “His understanding of the subject is limited.”