Elon Musk shuts Tesla and SpaceX Facebook pages

Controversy over Cambridge Analytica sees pages shut down and advertisers cancel business

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Elon Musk shuts Tesla and SpaceX Facebook pages Elon Musk shut the Facebook pages for Tesla and SpaceX within minutes of an online challenge. (Getty Images)
By  Mark Sutton Published  March 25, 2018

Elon Musk has shutdown the Facebook pages for Tesla and SpaceX.

The move comes as part of the growing backlash against Facebook for apparently abusing personal data from 50 million users.

A growing movement, #deletefacebook, is calling on people to show their displeasure with the social media platform for providing data to profiling company Cambridge Analytica.

Musk had commented on Twitter about companies suspending Facebook advertising when he was challenged by another Twitter user to delete the Facebook profiles for his own businesses. The pages for SpaceX and Tesla were shut down in minutes.

Facebook is reeling from the controversy over Cambridge Analytica, a psychological consulting and campaigning company which is accused of taking data from around 50 million Facebook users, mainly from the US, without permission. The company failed to delete data when told to by Facebook.

Cambridge Analytica used data harvested from a quiz app to psychologically profile users and deliver pro-Trump material to them, with a view to influencing the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

Facebook stock fell from $176.80 at the start of last week, to around $159.30 by Friday night, wiping $58bn off the value.

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