Elon Musk deletes Tesla Facebook pages as user data scandal continues

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk had the Tesla and SpaceX Facebook pages deleted as part of the #deletefacebook campaign.

Sparked by a series of tweets between Mr Musk and Brian Acton, cofounder of Whatsapp, regarding the campaign, a twitter user challenged Mr Musk to delete his Facebook pages.

“I didn’t realise there was one. Will do,” was Mr Musk’s response, with the pages coming down shortly after.

The scandal arose after it was revealed the consulting firm Cambridge Analytica had improperly obtained the personal data of 50 million Facebook users, using the information to target US voters.

The London offices of Cambridge Analytica have also been raided by the Information Commissioner’s Office in Britain.

Facebook released an official statement detailing the steps they are taking to protect user data, and have suspended Strategic Communication Laboratories and Cambridge Analytica from Facebook.

“We are constantly working to improve the safety and experience of everyone on Facebook,” the statement said.

“Now all apps requesting detailed user information go through our App Review process, which requires developers to justify the data they’re looking to collect and how they’re going to use it – before they’re allowed to even ask people for it.”

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