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Elon Musk deletes SpaceX Facebook page

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.”




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 website about human spaceflight called Orbital Velocity. You can find him on twitter @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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