Elon Musk Joins Facebook’s Boycott

Billionaire and innovator Elon Musk on Friday wrote on Twitter that he is going to delete the Facebook page of his company SpaceX as result of the controversy surrounding Facebook on how it handles user data after reports showed that a political consulting firm accessed 50 million users’ data without their consent.

According to The New York Times, Musk’s decision to delete the page comes after Brian Acton, a co-founder of Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp, tweeted in support of the Facebook boycott. A user then asked him if he’d join the boycott by deleting SpaceX’s Facebook page.

“I didn’t realize there was one. Will do,” Musk wrote back.

Facebook is under a lot of criticism after reports last week showed that Cambridge Analytica, a firm that worked on President Donald Trump‘s 2016 campaign, had obtained data on 50 million users without their knowledge.

In an interview with The New York Times this week, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged that the boycott shows that the company needs to rebuild trust with its users.

“I don’t think we’ve seen a meaningful number of people act on that, but, you know, it’s not good,” he told the Times. “I think it’s a clear signal that this is a major trust issue for people, and I understand that. And whether people delete their app over it or just don’t feel good about using Facebook, that’s a big issue that I think we have a responsibility to rectify.”


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