Elon Musk appears to have joined #DeleteFacebook

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Tesla Inc. TSLA, -1.09%   Chief Executive Elon Musk appears to have deleted or hidden the Facebook pages for the Silicon Valley car maker and for Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX. Each page had over 2 million followers.

The action followed exchanges on Twitter Friday morning, starting with a reply to a tweet by WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton. Facebook Inc. FB, -1.71%  bought the mobile-messaging service for $19 billion in 2014.

As more people joined the Twitter conversations, Musk professed to be unaware of the existence of SpaceX’s Facebook page, but said he would take action.

He also said he would delete the Tesla Facebook page, tweeting “Looks lame anyway.”

A Tesla spokesperson referred questions about the pages to “Elon’s tweets this morning.”

A search on Facebook for a Tesla or SpaceX page on Friday showed the same message:

#DeleteFacebook was trending on Twitter Friday and the company and its co-founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg have been under fire after news over the weekend that Cambridge Analytica, a data firm hired to support President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign harvested private information from 50 million Facebook users without their permission. Zuckerberg told CNN on Wednesday night he was “sorry” for the data scandal.

It’s worth noting that Musk has not deleted his account on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. He has 6.9 million Instagram followers. The Instagram accounts for Tesla, with 4.1 million followers, and SpaceX, 3 million followers, are also still active.