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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Mark Zuckerberg Kicks Off Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica Spin Cycle With a Washed Response

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On Saturday, an investigation published by the New York Times and The Guardian revealed data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica having accessed an appalling amount of Facebook users’ data in 2013. Thing is, it wasn’t a data breach — Facebook granted Cambridge access to do it. Now, Facebook’s first spin is here. 

Speculation’s been in a frothy swirl since the initial story dropped. Facebook’s valuation plummeted. Congressional committees and the Federal Trade Commission launched investigations. Throughout, Facebook was eerily silent. Zuckerberg was AWOL.

Today, Zuckerberg reemerged. And in a lengthy Facebook post, he wrote:

We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you. I’ve been working to understand exactly what happened and how to make sure this doesn’t happen again. The good news is that the most important actions to prevent this from happening again today we have already taken years ago. But we also made mistakes, there’s more to do, and we need to step up and do it.

Zuckerberg then walked readers through a detailed timeline about how we got to where we are, beginning in 2007 with the site’s launch. In 2013, he acknowledged, Aleksandr Kogan, a Cambridge University researcher who was also involved with Cambridge Analytica, did indeed access the information from 300,000 or so Facebook users, along with their friends.

“Given the way our platform worked at the time this meant Kogan was able to access tens of millions of their friends’ data,” Zuckerberg writes. Facebook revisited the kind of data that third-party apps like Cambridge Analytica were able to access in 2014, he writes, and Kogan was suspended from the platform in 2015.

Zuckerberg continues:

In this case, we already took the most important steps a few years ago in 2014 to prevent bad actors from accessing people’s information in this way. But there’s more we need to do and I’ll outline those steps here:

Those steps, in brief, would investigate apps that accessed a lot of user information before 2014, restrict developers’ access to user data, and help users take control of what third parties can see.

For users that feel shocked and violated by the amount of data accessed by Cambridge Analytica (and, likely, other third-party apps), Zuckerberg doesn’t offer much salve. He didn’t vow to stop selling user data to third parties. And it sounded an awful lot like he thinks the problem was fixed in 2014.

Zuckerberg is scheduled to appear on CNN tonight, and his post referenced a few changes that will be rolled out in the next few days. We will update this post as more information becomes available.

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In early January, Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, called upon Apple to answer for the lack of transparency it showed surrounding its slow-down practices for aging iPhones. Today, Thune’s office released Apple’s response: a five-page letter in which Apple reiterates the slow-down saga. While the letter contains little new information, Apple does touch upon how it may handle customers who already paid full price for battery replacements. The company also hinted at how newer iPhone models will deal with aging battery issues, but Apple did so in a way that doesn’t instill confidence that it will, in fact, be more transparent with its practices in the future.

In the letter dated February 2, 2018, Apple explains how the lithium-ion batteries found in its iPhones age over time and become less able to handle high workloads. To avoid unexpected shutdowns caused by these aging batteries, Apple issued a software update that we now know included a feature that deliberately slowed down the performance of older iPhones to prevent such shutdowns.

Apple addressed transparency only by noting that its updated iOS 10.2.1 ReadMe notes included mention of the power management feature and that it issued a statement to press outlets about seeing “positive results” from the software update.

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