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Elon Musk deletes SpaceX Facebook page

A file photo of Elon Musk. Photo Credit: Ryan Chylinski / SpaceFlight Insider

A file photo of Elon Musk. Photo Credit: Ryan Chylinski / SpaceFlight Insider

SpaceX’s official Facebook page has been deleted by company founder and CEO Elon Musk. This came at the request of several of Musk’s twitter followers minutes after responding that he didn’t even know it or Tesla had an account and that the latter’s page “looks lame anyway.”

Less than a week ago, it was reported that some 50 million Facebook users had their data harvested without permission by Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm based out of London. Since then, a backlash has formed against the social media giant.

“I didn’t even realize there was [a Facebook page for SpaceX]. Will do, ” Musk tweeted in response to a user asking him to delete the NewSpace company’s account, which had more than two millions likes.

Tesla, another one of Musk’s companies, also had its Facebook page removed.

The action came during a chain of tweets starting with Musk sarcastically commenting that it was “risky” for the electronics company Sonos to pull its ads from Facebook for a week.

Soon, there were also calls for him to delete his and SpaceX’s Instagram pages since the photo-sharing site is owned by Facebook. Musk, however, declined.

“Instagram’s probably ok [in my opinion], so long as it stays fairly independent,” Musk tweeted. “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.”

 

 

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Derek Richardson has a degree in mass media, with an emphasis in contemporary journalism, from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. While at Washburn, he was the managing editor of the student run newspaper, the Washburn Review. He also has a blog about the International Space Station, called Orbital Velocity. He met with members of the SpaceFlight Insider team during the flight of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 rocket with the MUOS-4 satellite. Richardson joined our team shortly thereafter. His passion for space ignited when he watched Space Shuttle Discovery launch into space Oct. 29, 1998. Today, this fervor has accelerated toward orbit and shows no signs of slowing down. After dabbling in math and engineering courses in college, he soon realized his true calling was communicating to others about space. Since joining SpaceFlight Insider in 2015, Richardson has worked to increase the quality of our content, eventually becoming our managing editor. @TheSpaceWriter

Reader Comments

Petulant, shortsighted, impetuous, thoughtless, reactionary, tempetuous, but very exemplary of trumpworthy praise.

So when will NASA delete its FB and Instagram accounts? Or does it need a full-time Administrator for that LOL (Incidentally, I only use Twitter and Flickr.)

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