While quibbling on Twitter with some of his followers, Elon Musk was dared to remove his companies’ Facebook pages after asking “What’s Facebook?” – so he promptly did just that.
According to The Verge, his question was a response to WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton’s tweet that contained a #deletefacebook hashtag. After that, he was dared to delete SpaceX’s page if he was “the man”. Musk said that he wasn’t even aware of its existence and that it would “be gone soon”.
Then someone else dared him to delete Tesla’s page, too; and the entrepreneur agreed to do it, commenting that “it looked lame anyway”.
So, the two pages were dully removed from Facebook despite having nearly 2.6 million followers each – and for good measure, Musk also deleted SolarCity’s page, too.
Now, it’s impossible to believe that Musk was really not aware of Facebook; he was probably just trolling, and when he was challenged, he felt like he had to prove that he, indeed, was “the man”.
As for Facebook, it probably didn’t do it much good, especially since it came amidst accusations that the social media platform let Cambridge Analytica, a consulting company that worked in Donald Trump’s election campaign, to collect personal data from 50 million users without their consent in order to target them specifically for the upcoming elections.
At least Musk didn’t delete his companies’ Instagram accounts. Maybe he will, though, if someone challenges him again…