Technical entrepreneur Elon Musk has said that Facebook users should delete their accounts and call the social media site “boring”.
The billionaire owner of Tesla and SpaceX tweeted the # DeleteFacebook hashtag in response to British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, a vocal critic of Facebook.
Baron Cohen had tweeted: “We are not letting 1 person arrange the water for 2.5 billion people. We do not allow 1 person to arrange electricity for 2.5 billion people. Why do we let 1 man check the information that 2.5 billion people see?
“Facebook must be regulated by governments, not ruled by an emperor!” He added, accompanied by a photo of Mark Zuckerberg on a Roman statue.
Musk replied: “#DeleteFacebook It is lame”.
Elon Musk, in the photo, has in the past clashed with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about AI
Elon Musk tweeted in response to comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, who said: “Facebook will display any desired political advertisement, even if it’s a lie.”
The # DeleteFacebook hashtag has been trending since March 2018, when it was confirmed that Facebook had hired Cambridge Analytica to collect personal private data from up to 87 million Facebook user accounts for advertising purposes.
Musk deleted the official Facebook accounts for Tesla and SpaceX the same month after a Twitter user had requested this.
“I didn’t know there was one. I will, “he said at the time.
“It’s not a political statement and I didn’t do this because someone challenged me to do it,” he later tweeted about the decision.
“Just don’t like Facebook. Gives me the willies. Sorry.’
He also said his companies had never advertised with Facebook, nor had they advertised or paid “famous people to” fake Tesla or SpaceX.
“Product lives or dies on its own merits,” he said.
“I don’t use Facebook and I never did, so don’t think I’m a martyr or that my companies will get a huge blow.”
He added that Facebook-owned Instagram was still “probably OK” to continue using Tesla and SpaceX accounts “as long as it remains reasonably independent” from the parent company.
Zuckerberg (photo) has come under fire because of the way his social network handles the privacy of its users
For the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Elon Musk called Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s understanding of artificial intelligence “limited.”
The two billionaires disagree on the AI issue, with Musk warning of the dangers to humanity, and Zuckerberg calling people with such views “no-sayers” and emphasizing the potential to provide safer cars and diagnostic tools for diseases.
“I have fairly strong opinions about this. I’m optimistic, “Zuckerberg said in a Facebook Live broadcast in 2017.
“And I think people who say no are trying to drum up these doom scenarios – I just don’t understand.
“It is really negative and in some ways I actually find it quite irresponsible.”
In response, Musk tweeted: “I spoke to Mark about this. His understanding of the subject is limited. “
The beef of the angry couple can be traced back to September 2016, when a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded and destroyed a Facebook satellite that was carrying it.
“We did give them a free launch to make up for it and I think they had insurance,” Musk said later.
Mark Zuckerberg organized Elon Musk in his house for dinner in 2014 to discuss AI, according to the New York Times.
Regarding Sacha Baron Cohen, the comedian criticized Mark Zuckerberg and social networks as a whole and called them part of “the largest propaganda machine in history” in November.
“If you pay them, Facebook will show every political ad you want, even if it’s a lie,” the comedian said, accepting the International Leadership Award from the Anti-Defamation League.
“And they even help you to focus those lies on their users for maximum effect.
“According to this twisted logic, if Facebook was present in the 1930s, it would have enabled Hitler to place 30-second ads on its” solution “to the” Jewish problem. “
WHAT IS THE CAMBRIDGE ANALYTIC SCANDAL?
Cambridge Analytica communications company has offices in London, New York, Washington, as well as Brazil and Malaysia.
The company claims it “can find your voters and move them to action” through data-driven campaigns and a team consisting of data scientists and behavioral psychologists.
“In the United States alone, we have played a central role in winning presidential races and congress and state elections,” with data on more than 230 million US voters, Cambridge Analytica claims on its website.
The company benefited from a feature that meant apps could request permission to access your own data and the data of all your Facebook friends.
The data company suspends its president, Alexander Nix (photo), after recordings emerged of him making a series of controversial allegations, including bragging that Cambridge Analytica played a central role in the election of Donald Trump
This meant that the company could extract the information from 87 million Facebook users, although only 270,000 people gave them permission to do so.
This is designed to help them create software that can predict and influence voter choices at the polls.
The data firm suspended its director, Alexander Nix, after recordings emerged of him making a series of controversial claims, including boosters that Cambridge Analytica played a central role in the election of Donald Trump.
This information is said to have been used to help the Brexit campaign in the UK.