Earlier this week, WhatsApp founder Brian Acton—who made billions off of Facebook—fired a shot into the arm of the #DeleteFacebook movement in the wake of the Channel 4 investigation into Cambridge Analytica’s perverse abuse of Facebook’s platform for shady political purposes.
Today, it got another kick in the rear from one of the most revered entrepreneurs on planet Earth. Despite over 2.6 million followers, Musk joined #DeleteFacebook and actually deleted Facebook. You can recap the saga on Twitter.
No, really. He took them down. Here's the link to SpaceX's non-existent Facebook page. And here's Tesla's. Here's some screenshots taken by BuzzFeed's tech reporter if you're still skeptical.
Ryan Mac has now jokingly moved on to another Facebook property, but one with far less baggage: Instagram.
We'll update this piece if Musk decides to ax that one too.
UPDATE: Looks like Instagram is safe. This also isn't a very big deal to Musk, so the power of the gesture does not seem to match the intent.
Jacob Weindling is a staff writer for Paste politics. Follow him on Twitter at @Jakeweindling.