Elon Musk has joined the #DeleteFacebook movement, removing the Tesla Motors and SpaceX pages from the beleaguered social network.
In a series of tweets on Friday, the influential tech entrepreneur made his stance perfectly clear.
In response to a post reporting on Sonos’ decision to temporarily suspend Facebook adds, Musk replied “Wow, a whole week? Risky…”
Then he replied to WhatsApp founder Brian Action’s call to #deletefacebook, with a simple “What’s Facebook?”
When asked whether he’d be deleting the Tesla Facebook page, Musk said “Definitely. Looks lame anyway.”
It’s now gone, as is the SpaceX page. Musk doesn’t have a personal Facebook page, which may be down to the animosity between him and his counterpart Mark Zuckerberg.
No love lost
As The New York Times reports, there’s no love lost between the two. In the past Zuckerberg has called him a “naysayer” over artificial intelligence concerns.
In response Musk said: “I’ve talked to Mark about this. His understanding of the subject is limited.”
Back in 2016, the pair clashed after a SpaceX rocket carrying the Amos-6 satellite exploded. Facebook had planned to use it to provide internet connectivity in underserved areas.
“As I’m here in Africa, 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 across the continent,” Zuckerberg wrote at the time.
Today, when reminded of the incident, Musk retorted: “Yeah, my fault for being an idiot. We did give them a free launch to make up for it and I think they had some insurance.”
Interestingly, Musk says he plans to keep his personal Instagram account alive.
He wrote: “Instagram’s probably ok imo, so long as it stays fairly independent. 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 added: “We’ve never advertised with FB. None of my companies buy advertising or pay famous people to fake endorse. Product lives or dies on its own merits.”
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