WhatsApp Co-Founder Says "It Is Time" to Delete Facebook

Delia Walker
March 21, 2018

"In a recent tweet, Brian Acton wrote, "It is time", with a hashtag, to "#deletefacebook".

According to The Verge, it was unclear whether Acton's feelings about Facebook extend to his own app. WhatsApp co-founder, Jan Koum, continues to run the company and sits on Facebook's board. Delete Facebook or not to delete Facebook?

WhatsApp's co-founder Brian Acton tweeted today telling everyone to "delete Facebook". Acton had recently invested about $50 million in privacy-focused Singal app, often regarded as an alternative to WhatsApp. In September, Acton left the company to start the Singal Foundation.

The scandal has been growing since Friday night, when Facebook said it had suspended the accounts of data firm Cambridge Analytica, its parent company, psychology professor at the University of Cambridge named Dr. Aleksandr Kogan and whistleblower Christopher Wylie. Facebook knew about the data leak back in 2015, but the public only learned after reports in the New York Times and Observer last weekend.

European Union (EU) and British lawmakers have demanded that the social media giant clarify data breach following revelations that personal data was massively misused for political purposes.

Sandy told Guadian that Facebook did not use its enforcement mechanisms or audit external developers to ensure data was not being misused.

As pointed out by the report, Acton is not the first "former Facebook executive" to express concern, displeasure or discomfort about the company after leaving the place.

Earlier on Tuesday, the NY and MA attorney generals announced an investigation into Facbook over the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook empire is now suffering after news broke out in the media that the privately held company have acquired private user data of 50 million users on Facebook through series of leaks.

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