Elon Musk Seconds Sacha Baron Cohen’s Dig at Zuckerberg: ‘#DeleteFacebook It's Lame’

February 10th, 2020 5:25 PM
When actor/comedian Sacha Baron Cohen blasted Facebook, world famous industrialist Elon Musk was quick to support him.
Cohen, known for his prankster Borat role, slammed Facebook and its founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a Feb. 5 tweet. He asked, “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!

In true celebrity freakout fashion, the tweet was the caption to an image of Zuckerberg as a roman emperor statue. Spacex and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, known for his hot takes, responded, in a concise tweet:#DeleteFacebook It's lame."

Cohen’s remarks came just months after he railed against Facebook in a speech at the Anti-Defamation League's 2019 “Never Is Now Summit on Anti-Semitism and Hate,” where he trashed Zuckerberg’s commitment to keeping Facebook as an open platform.

 “If a neo-Nazi comes goose-stepping into a restaurant and starts threatening other customers and saying he wants to kill Jews, would the owner of the restaurant, a private business, be required to serve him an elegant eight-course meal?” asked Cohen.

Musk has publicly lambasted Zuckerberg on Twitter before, specifically on the subject of artificial intelligence. "I've talked to Mark about this,” wrote Musk in a tweet. “His understanding of the subject is limited.”

CNN Business wrote that Musk tweeted this reply after a Facebook Live broadcast where Zuckerberg commented that he is "really optimistic" about AI despite the common concerns.

CNN Business’ coverage suggested that “Zuckerberg believes the technology will make cars safer and better diagnose illnesses. Musk has described it as humanity's ‘greatest existential threat.’"

Musk, along with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and others had reportedly endorsed an open letter calling for the ban of militarized robots, citing that “autonomous weapons have been described as the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms.”