In wake of the website’s privacy scandal with Cambridge Analytica, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO announced he would inactive the companies’ official Facebook pages. Musk apparently made the decision after responding to a tweet by Brian Acton, the co-founder of WhatsApp and former Facebook employee.
Twitter users then urged Musk to remove Telsa’s and SpaceX’s Facebook pages, which, according to Gizmodo, had 2.4 million and 2.6 million likes, respectively. The billionaire entrepreneur claimed he wasn’t aware that SpaceX even had an official account, which, we have to admit, is a little hard to believe.
As of Friday afternoon, both company Facebook pages were nowhere to be found.
The social networking platform has faced heavy criticism within the past week after it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica, a British-based consulting firm tied to Donald Trump’s election campaign, had harvested data from millions and millions of personal Facebook profiles.
As the #DeleteFacebook hashtag picked up steam, the website's co-founder Mark Zuckerberg addressed the scandal in a Facebook post, writing: “We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can't then we don't deserve to serve you. I've been working to understand exactly what happened and how to make sure this doesn't happen again. The good news is that the most important actions to prevent this from happening again today we have already taken years ago. But we also made mistakes, there's more to do, and we need to step up and do it.”