It’s no news that Facebook receives plenty of criticism from numerous corners, including refusing to police political speech, endless string of privacy breaches, and its apparent coziness of late with the Trump administration.
Just yesterday, Baron Cohen, a vocal critic of social media platforms took to twitter to ask why Facebook (FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg was allowed to “control the information seen by 2.5 billion people,” when regulators would not permit one person to wield the same power over water or electricity supplies.
The criticism of Facebook by Baron Cohen follows author Stephen King’s announcement earlier this month that he has quit Facebook over false information and inadequate protection of privacy.
“We don’t let 1 person control the water for 2.5 billion people. We don’t let 1 person control electricity for 2.5 billion people. Why do we let 1 man control the information seen by 2.5 billion people? Facebook needs to be regulated by governments, not ruled by an emperor!
#DeleteFacebook It’s lame
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 8, 2020
Responding to Sacha Baron Cohen’s tweet calling for Facebook to be regulated, Elon Musk tweeted over the weekend, “#DeleteFacebook It’s lame.”
It was short, and to the point (and presumably gave Cohen a lift).
While Musk did not elaborate on why he thinks Facebook is “lame,” it’s not the first time he has publicly criticised the social media platform, or Zuckerberg.
In 2018, he deleted the official Facebook pages of his companies, Tesla (TSLA) and SpaceX, after it emerged that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica had harvested the personal information of as many as 87 million Facebook users without their knowledge.
Although Musk maintains a personal account on Instagram, as do Tesla and SpaceX, even though the platform is owned by Facebook, he has said that Instagram is “probably ok” as long as it stays “fairly independent” from its parent company.
Elon Musk vs Mark Zuckerberg
Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg have butted heads in the past over the future of artificial intelligence, too, with Musk calling Zuckerberg’s understanding of the future of AI “limited.”
In 2017, Elon Musk used Twitter to question Zuckerberg’s grasp of artificial intelligence, a subject on which they have divergent views. “I’ve talked to Mark about this. His understanding of the subject is limited,” Musk tweeted after a Facebook Live broadcast in which Zuckerberg said he’s “really optimistic” about AI and tired of the fear-mongering peddled by “naysayers.”
Zuckerberg believes the technology will make cars safer and better diagnose illnesses. Musk has described it as humanity’s “greatest existential threat.”
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