Elon Musk Urges People To Delete Facebook Claiming it’s ‘lame’

Elon Musk has said that Facebook users should delete their accounts, calling the social media site ‘lame’.

The billionaire owner of Tesla and SpaceX tweeted the #DeleteFacebook hashtag in response to British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, a vocal critic of Facebook.

Baron Cohen had tweeted: ‘We don’t let 1 person control the water for 2.5 billion people. We don’t let 1 person control electricity for 2.5 billion people. Why do we let 1 man control the information seen by 2.5 billion people?

‘Facebook needs to be regulated by governments, not ruled by an emperor!’ he added, accompanied by a doctored photo of Mark Zuckerberg’s face on a Roman statue.

Musk replied: ‘#DeleteFacebook It’s lame’.

The #DeleteFacebook hashtag has been trending since March 2018 when it was confirmed that Facebook had hired Cambridge Analytica to harvest personal private data from up to 87 million Facebook user accounts for advertising purposes.

Musk deleted the official Facebook accounts for Tesla and SpaceX the same month after being prompted by a Twitter user to do so.

‘I didn’t realise there was one. Will do,’ he said at the time.

‘It’s not a political statement and I didn’t do this because someone dared me to do it,’ he later tweeted regarding the decision.

‘Just don’t like Facebook. Gives me the willies. Sorry.’

He also said that his companies had never advertised with Facebook, nor had they advertised or paid ‘famous people to fake endorse’ Tesla or SpaceX.

‘Product lives or dies on its own merits,’ he said.

‘I don’t use Facebook and never have, so don’t think I’m some kind of martyr or my companies are taking a huge blow.’

He added that Facebook-owned Instagram was still ‘probably OK’ to keep running Tesla and SpaceX accounts ‘so long as it stays fairly independent’ from its parent company.

Before the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Elon Musk called Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s understanding of artificial intelligence ‘limited’.

The two billionaires disagree on the subject of AI, with Musk warning of its dangers to the human race, and Zuckerberg calling people with such views ‘naysayers’, highlighting its potential to provide safer cars and diagnostic tools for illnesses.

‘I have pretty strong opinions on this. I am optimistic,’ Zuckerberg said in a Facebook Live broadcast back in 2017.

‘And I think people who are naysayers and try to drum up these doomsday scenarios — I just, I don’t understand it.

‘It’s really negative and in some ways I actually think it is pretty irresponsible.’

In response, Musk tweeted: ‘I’ve talked to Mark about this. His understanding of the subject is limited.’

The angry couple’s beef with each other can be traced as far back as September 2016, when a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded and destroyed a Facebook satellite that it was carrying.

As for Sacha Baron Cohen, the comedian criticised Mark Zuckerberg and social networks as a whole, calling them part of ‘the biggest propaganda machine in history’ in November.

‘If you pay them, Facebook will run any political ad you want, even if it’s a lie,’ the comedian said while accepting the Anti-Defamation League’s International Leadership Award.

‘And they’ll even help you micro-target those lies to their users for maximum effect.

Under this twisted logic, if Facebook were around in the 1930s, it would have allowed Hitler to post 30-second ads on his ‘solution’ to the “Jewish problem”.

The company was able to mine the information of 87 million Facebook users even though just 270,000 people gave them permission to do so.

This was designed to help them create software that can predict and influence voters’ choices at the ballot box.

The data firm suspended its chief executive, Alexander Nix, after recordings emerged of him making a series of controversial claims, including boasts that Cambridge Analytica had a pivotal role in the election of Donald Trump.

This information is said to have been used to help the Brexit campaign in the UK. {Daily mail}