Musk and Zuckerberg have traded barbs on AI, rockets before
Facebook is facing criticism after Trump-tied firm took data
Elon Musk is hopping on the #DeleteFacebook digital bandwagon.
The chief executive officer of Tesla Inc. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp. tweeted Friday that he wasn’t aware there was a Facebook page for his rocket company. After being asked by a Twitter user to delete it, he responded “will do.”
Musk wrote back to another user who shared a photo of Tesla’s official page on Facebook and asked if it, too, should be deleted: “Definitely. Looks lame anyway.” Tesla’s and SpaceX’s Facebook pages vanished soon after.
Musk is the highest-profile tech figure to join people who are expunging Facebook from their lives after it was revealed a firm that worked for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign had kept data from 50 million Facebook users even after telling the company it had destroyed the information. Facebook Inc. shares fell 1.1 percent to $163.10 at 1:31 p.m. Friday in New York and have slumped almost 12 percent since the revelation, and lawmakers are calling on Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg to testify in front of Congress.
In a tweet Saturday, Musk said he wasn’t making a political statement, nor did he have the sites taken down because Twitter users goaded him into it.
“Just don’t like Facebook,” he wrote. “Gives me the willies. Sorry.”
It’s not the first time Musk has sparred with the social-media giant. Last year, Zuckerberg criticized Musk’s pessimistic view that artificial intelligence is a threat to humanity. “I just don’t understand it,” Zuckerberg said last August. “It’s really negative and in some ways I actually think it is pretty irresponsible.”
Musk responded, writing on Twitter: “I’ve talked to Mark about this. His understanding of the subject is limited.”
In 2016, a SpaceX rocket carrying a Facebook satellite exploded after launch. “I’m deeply disappointed to hear that SpaceX’s launch failure destroyed our satellite that would have provided connectivity to so many entrepreneurs and everyone else,” Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook.
On Friday, Musk also made fun of Sonos for not being as committed as he was to the anti-Facebook cause after the connected-speaker maker said it would pull ads from the platform — but only for a week.
“Wow, a whole week. Risky…” Musk tweeted.