Elon Musk pulls Tesla and SpaceX pages after #DeleteFacebook challenge

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Elon Musk isn't known for kidding around, and he just made that clear in his response to Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal… more or less, at least. The entrepreneur has hidden the official Facebook accounts for Tesla and SpaceX in response to…
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Elon Musk, Customer Service Rep Extraordinaire, Just Deleted the Facebook Pages for SpaceX and Tesla, on Request (Seriously)

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Updated 3/23 at 1:38 PM

Elon Musk just took a stand—a substantial one that’s a giant shot across the bow of Facebook, and a statement Musk’s rabid base of acolytes may or may not take a cue from: In light of the data-gathering scandal that has rocked Facebook over the past week, Musk just dropped the hammer, and deleted the official pages for Tesla and SpaceX from the Book of Face.

It started when Musk played around on Twitter, randomly responding to Signal founder Brian Acton’s Tweet about deleting Facebook:

Someone called Musk out for making light of the situation.

And Musk, as he’s wont to do, (A) trolled Facebook, (B) called this random Twitter user’s bluff, and (C) wiped Space X and Tesla from Facebook:

Indeed, Musk seems to have lived up to his promise. Searching for Tesla on Facebook now reveals just lame stuff about the scientist:

And a search for SpaceX reveals a number of pages, though none seems to be official:

Contrition from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t seem to be enough to regain Musk’s trust (to say nothing of a previous beef they once had in which Zuck once blamed Musk for ruining some of his property).

As usual, Musk wins:

If you’re fearing where you’ll get your next Elon fix, check his Twitter and Instagram.

Clearly, Musk won’t be wiping himself from the web any time soon. Those accounts are never not going.

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Elon Musk just deleted Tesla’s and SpaceX’s Facebook pages in response to #DeleteFacebook

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“Looks lame anyway,” Musk tweeted.

Oh, Elon.

Earlier this week, WhatsApp co-founder and former Facebook employee Brian Acton went to Twitter to encourage people to #DeleteFacebook in light of the company’s recent privacy scandal with Cambridge Analytica.

Turns out Elon Musk, the eccentric CEO of both SpaceX and Tesla, thought it was a great idea.

After tweeting back to Acton asking, “What’s Facebook?” someone suggested Musk delete SpaceX’s corporate Facebook page.

“I didn’t realize there was one. Will do,” he replied.

Then someone suggested he also delete Tesla’s corporate Facebook page.

“Definitely. Looks lame anyway,” Musk replied.

And that was that. Both pages appear to have been deleted. SpaceX’s page had more than 2.7 million followers.

It’s possible Musk is just playing around and the pages will be restored — and I’m sure Facebook and the social media employees at SpaceX and Tesla hope that’s the case. SpaceX utilized its Facebook page to show rocket launches on Facebook Live.

But that’s not really Musk’s style. When Sonos announced on Friday that it would suspend advertising on Facebook for a week, Musk replied, “Wow, a whole week. Risky …”

There might be something deeper to this Musk vs. Facebook situation. If you’ll recall, Musk and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had a little beef last year when Zuckerberg suggested that people who created doomsday scenarios about artificial intelligence were irresponsible. Musk has said often that he thinks AI could ultimately lead to the end of civilization as we know it.

“I’ve talked to Mark about this. His understanding of the subject is limited,” Musk said in response to Zuckerberg’s comments. Well okay then!

To add to the tension between the two CEOs, when a SpaceX rocket accidentally exploded during a 2016 launch, it was carrying a Facebook satellite. “I’m deeply disappointed to hear that SpaceX’s launch failure destroyed our satellite,” Zuckerberg said at the time.

Musk deleting his company Facebook pages is certainly funny. But if they stay deleted, and others see how easy it is for a major corporation to cut Facebook out of its life, maybe others will follow along. And that would be bad news for Zuckerberg.

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Elon Musk deletes Facebook pages he didn’t even know he had

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Elon Musk has jumped on the #deletefacebook train, deleting the pages for SpaceX and Tesla from the disgraced social media site and erasing their millions-strong followings. In case you’ve been living in seclusion for the last week or so, Facebook has found itself embroiled in a scandal involving a data analysis firm that is quickly becoming one of the messiest kerfuffles in the site’s history. If you want to know the essential details and how it effects you, read Bryan’s breakdown. In response, the hashtag #deletefacebook has started trending on Twitter. Musk originally joined the conversation with a snarky response…

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Elon Musk is poaching ‘The Onion’ staff for a comedy project

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The one certainty about Elon Musk is that no two startups will be closely related: he has been responsible for city guides, online payments, electric cars, spacecraft, open AI and transportation tunnels. And that trend isn't about to stop any time so…
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Elon Musk still thinks a Mars colony will save us from a future dark age

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Elon Musk’s surprise SXSW talk this morning was a heavy and grave affair, full of discussion around all the ways humanity may be doomed in the future: from carbon in the atmosphere, World War III, and above all, runaway artificial intelligence. We have, many times, listened to Musk warn the public about these threats. That’s why the SpaceX and Tesla CEO thinks there is such a strong need to colonize Mars and maybe the Moon — as a safety net for humanity.

But here at SXSW — a tech, culture, and marketing extravaganza where people are ostensibly excited about the future — Musk’s words provided a stark deviation from the overhyped prognostications about how tech will change the world for the better. In some ways, it also feels like Musk is…

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SXSW plays host to big-name speakers all the time. Mother! and Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky was on stage yesterday, Apple's Eddy Cue is on a panel tomorrow and Moonlight director Barry Jenkins had a keynote this morning. But something felt di…
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Elon Musk and the creator of Westworld made an inspirational trailer for the Falcon Heavy launch

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A surprise guest joined the cast and creators of HBO’s Westworld at the end of the show’s SXSW panel on Saturday. SpaceX founder Elon Musk, a friend of show creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, appeared as a way to end the panel on a note of “optimism”, in Nolan’s words, while also showing the audience an inspirational trailer that Nolan created promoting the February launch of the SpaceX Heavy Falcon rocket.

“One of the things that I really used to, when I was a kid, spend an unhealthy amount of time thinking about was space, and spaceflight,” Nolan said, noting that he had grown up watching Super 8 footage of Saturn rocket launches, but that the fervor and excitement that space exploration once fostered has faded. “And so I was having…

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Elon Musk Says Hyperloop Will Put Pedestrians, Mass Transit First

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The Boring Company has a new focus. Yesterday, CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to let the world know that the company will prioritize mass transportation over individual vehicle usage.

According to Musk, the Boring Company’s tunnels will “prioritize pedestrians & cyclists over cars.” He didn’t say that the tunnels would never support cars, but he believes that surrounding communities will benefit most if the Boring Company focuses on mass transportation.

Most notably, Musk tweeted a video that shows what this vision might look like.

In the video, a concept pod of sorts fills up with people at ground level. The pod’s destination, LAX Terminal 2, is lit up on its front and side like a hyperfuturistic bus sign.

Next, the pod descends into the tunnel below, utilizing what looks a lot like the car elevator Musk unveiled last year, until it reaches a track. Then, it speeds through a tunnel at what the video proclaims is about 200 kmh (124 mph) while other pods zoom by on the surrounding tracks.

Musk described the pod-like vehicle in a response to another Twitter user’s question: “I guess you could say it’s a 150 mph, underground, autonomous, electric bus that automatically switches between tunnels and lifts.”

He also described the plan as an “urban loop system,” noting that a single city could be home to hundreds of small stations. These many smaller stations would blend more easily into the urban landscape than the large subway or train stations currently used, according to Musk’s tweets.

Previous Boring Company plans seemed to center around much larger, train-like hyperloop systems. However, this new pivot is not a complete departure from previous plans.

“At the Boring Company, we plan to build low cost, fast-to-dig tunnels that will house new high-speed transportation systems,” a Boring Company spokesperson told Wired last year.

While the vehicle and station design might be changing to place a greater focus on mass transit, the Boring Company’s primary goal remains the same. They’re simply reworking design elements to better serve the public.

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