Elon Musk deletes Tesla, SpaceX Facebook pages; Instagram accounts stay

Elon Musk doesn't care about Facebook.


Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX has removed the companies' Facebook pages in favor of the ongoing Cambridge Analytica scenario, joining former Facebook users in the protest. The news comes a week after it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica, a British company associated with Donald Trump's presidential campaign, retained private data from 50 million Facebook users while claiming to have deleted it. Many users and politicians in response and even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg are calling it a 'breach of trust.'

Elon Musk deletes Tesla, SpaceX Facebook pages; Instagram page stays


Musk doesn't care

Musk, in a Twitter exchange with a BuzzFeed reporter, said that he "didn't realize" SpaceX had a Facebook page and Tesla's page "looked lame anyway." Both company pages were taken down soon.

Although Elon Musk did remove the pages from Facebook, he believes that Instagram is ok as long as it works independently.

Facebook's response

Facebook's response

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg in an interview with The New York Times said that the #deletefacebook campaign doesn't pose any threat to company's business. I don't think we've seen a meaningful number of people act on that, but, you know, it's not good."

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WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton in a tweet urged the users to delete Facebook. "It is time," Acton wrote, adding the hashtag #deletefacebook. Both WhatsApp and Acton are yet to comment on the matter.

Acton who's worth $6.5 billion invested $50 million into Signal, a standalone alternative to WhatsApp. The tweet came five days after Facebook witnessed a decline in shares due to the data privacy revelations by Cambridge Analytica. Acton isn't the first person that expressed unease after cutting ties with Facebook. In 2017, former head of growth Chamath Palihapitiya created ripples after saying "we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works."

According to a report by TechCrunch, WhatsApp will not share data with its parent company Facebook unless the data sharing process doesn't violate the EU's upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The news comes after WhatsApp submitted the Android beta version 2.18.57 to the Google Play Beta program. The Terms of Services (ToS) of the update shows that the messaging platform will soon start the process of sharing the user data with Facebook.

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