- SpaceX’s Facebook page, which had more than 2.7 million followers, is no longer accessible.
Rocket company SpaceX’s verified Facebook page disappeared on Friday, minutes after its founder and Silicon Valley billionaire Elon Musk promised on Twitter to take down the page when challenged by a user.
“Delete SpaceX page on Facebook if you’re the man?” a user tweeted to Tesla Inc chief Musk. His response: “I didn’t realize there was one. Will do.
Replying to @elonmusk @brianacton
Delete SpaceX page on Facebook if you’re the man?
I didn’t realize there was one. Will do.
11:54 AM – Mar 23, 2018
SpaceX’s Facebook page, which had more than 2.7 million followers, is no longer accessible.
Replying to @Bryson_M and 3 others
Definitely. Looks lame anyway.
12:16 PM – Mar 23, 2018
The hashtag gained prominence after the world’s largest social network upset users by mishandling data, which ended up in the hands of Cambridge Analytica – a political consultancy that worked on U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign.
“What’s Facebook?” Musk tweeted.
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.”
Musk has had run-ins with Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg in the past.
Last year, a war of words broke out between Musk and Zuckerberg over whether robots will become smart enough to kill their human creators.
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.”