Elon Musk calls Facebook 'lame' and urges people to 'delete' it

WION Web Team California, United States Feb 11, 2020, 11.20 AM(IST)

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Facebook Ceo Mark Zuckerberg Photograph:( AFP )

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In 2018, Musk had deleted the Facebook pages of Tesla and SpaceX after the tech giant was accused of providing information to Cambridge Analytica

Tesla's CEO Elon Musk has taken another jibe at Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Also read: Mark Zuckeberg's knowledge of artificial intelligence 'limited': Elon Musk

Musk tweeted ''#DeleteFacebook it's lame'' in response to a tweet from actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen calling out the social media platform for its increased regulation of content.

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Baron Cohen asked in his post why was Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg permitted to "control the information seen by 2.5 billion people," when regulators wouldn't permit one person to wield the same power over water or electricity supplies.

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The company did not respond to a request for comment on Baron Cohen and Musk's tweets.

Baron Cohen is a vocal critic of social media platforms, including Twitter and YouTube, describing them as "the greatest propaganda machine in history." 

In 2018, Musk had deleted the Facebook pages of Tesla and SpaceX after the tech giant was challenged on Twitter to do so.

Also read: Elon Musk deletes Facebook pages of Tesla, SpaceX

The #DeleteFacebook gained prominence after the world's largest social network upset users by mishandling data, which ended up in the hands of Cambridge Analytica a political consultancy that worked on US President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign.

"What's Facebook?" Musk had tweeted then.

He had also said that he doesn't like Facebook because it unsettles him.

The criticism of Facebook by Baron Cohen and Musk follows author Stephen King's announcement earlier this month that he has quit Facebook over false information and inadequate protection of privacy.

Also read: Stephen King leaves Facebook citing misleading information and lack of privacy

Facebook has defended its policy on political ads and says hate speech is banned from its platform, as is anyone who advocates for violence.

Musk has had run-ins with Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg in the past.

Last year, a war of words broke out between Musk and Zuckerberg over whether robots will become smart enough to kill their human creators.

When Zuckerberg was asked about Musk's views on the dangers of robots, he chided "naysayers" whose "doomsday scenarios" were "irresponsible." 

In response, Musk tweeted: "His understanding of the subject is limited.