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Elon Musk joins #deletefacebook boycott

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, a member of the #deletefacebook boycott and removed his businesses Facebook pages. The boycott began after Facebook confirmed that the data of 50 million users is affected by a consultancy firm, Cambridge Analytica, who was hired by Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Elon Musk has unfriended’ Facebook on Friday, the SpaceX and Tesla pages of the social network after he was challenged to do on Twitter.

With controversy raging about Cambridge Analytica the alleged misuse of the Facebook users data, a number of people out of the graves of the platform. On Friday, Musk responded to a tweet from WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton to delete the accounts. “It is time #deletefacebook,” tweeted Acton.

“What is Facebook?” quipped Musk in the reaction.

“Remove SpaceX on Facebook if you are the man?” chimed in @serdarsprofile.

“I didn’t know there was one. Will do it,” answered Musk.

The SpaceX and Tesla s were then removed from Facebook, along with the page for Musk’s solar energy company Solar City.

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The verified Instagram accounts for SpaceX and Tesla, however, are not removed. Instagram is owned by Facebook.

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Reports came in the weekend that Cambridge Analytica improperly used information from more than 50 million Facebook accounts, where the social network to suspend the british company. Cambridge Analytica, who has ties with Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential elections, denies any wrongdoing.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologized for the data scandal in a long post on Wednesday. He also described the situation as “a serious breach of trust” in an interview with CNN.

Cambridge Analytica has agreed to a forensic audit by a firm hired by Facebook.

Aleksandr Kogan, a psychology researcher at the University of Cambridge, who worked with Cambridge Analytica through his company Global Science Research (GSR), is also embroiled in a controversy. Earlier this week, he told the BBC that both Facebook and Cambridge Analytica have tried to put the blame on him.

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Cambridge Analytica’s CEO, Alexander Tayler, described the media frenzy around the scandal as “deplorable” in a statement released on Friday. “I think it’s a shame that in 2014 a SCL-Elections (a subsidiary of Cambridge Analytica) license Facebook data and derivatives of a research company (GSR) that had not received the consent of the majority of the respondents,” he said. “The company believed that the data obtained in accordance with Facebook’s terms of service and privacy legislation.”

Facebook requested Cambridge Analytica deleting the data shortly after Tayler was the chief data officer in October 2015. “We immediately removed the raw data from our file server, and began the process of searching for and removing the derivatives in our system,” he wrote. “As Facebook continues to search insurance a year ago, we have carried out an internal audit to ensure that all data, all derivatives and back-ups had been removed, and gave Facebook a certificate to this effect.”

“Please can I be very clear: we have no use of GSR data in the work that we did, in 2016 U.S. presidential election,” he added.

Fox News’ Samuel Chamberlain and the Associated Press contributed to this article.

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