By Lauren Howells

Elon Musk has removed the Facebook pages for his companies SpaceX and Tesla after some of his Twitter followers challenged him to do so.

A Twitter follower told Musk to delete SpaceX’s Facebook page

On Friday, a follower tweeted Musk, “Delete SpaceX page on Facebook if you’re the man?”, to which Musk responded that he didn’t realise there was a SpaceX Facebook page and said it would be “gone soon”.

Later, following further Twitter exchanges, the Tesla Facebook page was also removed after Musk responded to a follower who had asked him about the page by saying it “looks lame”.

According to The Verge, the Facebook pages for Tesla and SpaceX had around 2.6 million followers each.

Since news broke surrounding accusations of data company Cambridge Analytica reportedly obtaining around 50 million Facebook users’ personal information, there have been calls for people to delete their Facebook accounts. 

News outlets publishing guides on how to delete Facebook accounts

The exchange follows a difficult week for the social media giant, with the #deletefacebook movement gaining increasing support.

Many news outlets have published step-by-step guides for users on how to permanently delete Facebook accounts.

Elon Musk takes down SpaceX and Tesla Facebook pages

Mark Zuckerberg took out full-page newspaper adverts in UK and US 

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg took out full-page newspaper adverts in both the UK and the US this weekend, apologising for what had happened and saying that they were now “taking steps” to make sure the same thing didn’t happen again.

In the ad, Zuckerberg referred to the quiz app which had been built by a university researcher that “leaked Facebook data of millions of people in 2014”.

“This was a breach of trust, and I’m sorry we didn’t do more at the time,” the ad read.

According to the BBC, the quiz app had not only collected users’ data (around 270,000 people) but also some public data about their friends, without the friends knowing this was happening. 

This reportedly resulted in data on about 50 million people being harvested for Cambridge Analytica. 

In a public statement last week, Zuckerberg said that Facebook had already changed some of the rules that allowed the breach to happen: “The good news is that the most important actions to prevent this from happening again today we have already taken years ago”. He added that there was “more to do” and they needed to “step up and do it”.