It’s common knowledge Elon Musk isn’t a fan of Facebook. But did he really offer to buy and delete the plattform?
An article published in March 2018 claimed Elon Musk considered buying Facebook:
‘Musk announced that he has reached out to Facebook and offered to buy every share of the company, effectively making him the sole owner of the social media platform. Musk was speaking to a gathering of SpaceX and Tesla investors and told the group even though he has deep misgivings about the site, he’d “do humanity a favor” and buy it.
“I’ve got some cash to burn, so if Zuck wants to make a deal, he knows where to find me,” Musk told investors. “I’d make him a fair offer.”’
Not only is this article being shared, the claim spreads on its own, too.
This article is satire. It’s not real. It was written after Musk decided to delete the Facebook pages of his Tesla and SpaceX companies in March 2018:
It’s not a political statement and I didn’t do this because someone dared me to do it. Just don’t like Facebook. Gives me the willies. Sorry.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 24, 2018
The page Alternative-Science.com used this Tweet to base their joke article on. That’s why it seemed plausible to some readers. But if you check the “About” section of the site it reads that its articles contain “alternative facts” that may not be “true” or “accurate”:
Alternative Science is the World Wide Internet’s premier and most trusted location for alternative facts and embracing your feelings. Whether or not the scientific facts, studies, or statements represented on Alternative Science are technically “true” or “accurate,” savvy readers know that doesn’t matter — only what they feel should be true is.
Alternative Science asks the question: “Who needs science to prove anything?”
While Elon Musks said he doesn’t like Facebook (“Gives me the willies”). He did not offer to buy Facebook to shut it down.