Facebook has had its fair share of criticism and there are some fairly strong reasons for these given the string of privacy breaches to the social network’s refusal to censor hate speech. Previously, we have seen calls for #DeleteFacebook, most notably made by former WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton. The latest to join the ‘delete’ Facebook call is Tesla and SpaceX boss Elon Musk. But his reasoning was well, typical Musk.
“#DeleteFacebook, it’s lame,” the Tesla CEO responded to a tweet from the comic, writer, and actor Sacha Baron Cohen.
Cohen had posted a photoshopped image of Zuckerberg and written a scathing criticism of Facebook. The actor wrote on Twitter, “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!”
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Cohen has been openly critical of Facebook and Zuckerberg in the past. In his speech to the Anti-Defamation League in November last year, he did not shy away to characterise Facebook as the greatest propaganda machine in history.
#DeleteFacebook It’s lame
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 8, 2020
Even for Elon Musk, it is not the first time he took a jibe at Facebook. The SpaceX founder has been quite vocal about his dislike for Facebook. In 2018, he deleted the Facebook pages for his companies while giving the reason that he doesn’t like the particular social media platform.
Musk and Zuckerberg have also had an encounter in the past over the future of artificial intelligence when Musk called the Facebook CEO’s understanding of the future of AI “limited”.
The list of celebrities who have quit Facebook or tweeted with #DeleteFacebook hashtag include Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar, actor and comedian Will Ferrell, co-founder of WhatsApp Brian Acton, co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak, actor and comedian Jim Carrey, NBC political journalist Kasie Hunt, actress and comedian Rosie O’Donnell, technology columnist Walt Mossberg, writer Jessica Valenti and many more.
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