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WhatsApp cofounder: 'It is time' to delete Facebook

WhatsApp cofounder: 'It is time' to delete Facebook

What makes Acton's opinion more interesting than your average commentator's hot take is that Facebook made him extremely wealthy when it bought WhatsApp back for $19bn in 2014.

Since reports of Cambridge Analytica using Facebook's user information came to light, people have been urging on social media to either #DeleteFacebook or #BoycottFacebook in response.

The co-founder of WhatsApp, who made billions from its sale to Facebook, has thrown his support behind a campaign against the US social network. (FB) users to delete their accounts in the wake of accusations that Cambridge Analytica misleadingly obtained personal data from 50 million of the social network's members to influence the U.S. presidential election in 2016.

Despite calling for a mass Facebook exodus, it's unclear what Acton's feelings are towards WhatsApp since leaving. He left the company earlier this year to start a foundation, and last month, Acton invested $50 million in a company called Signal, which purports to be a messaging alternative to WhatsApp.

Taking to Twitter, Brian wrote, "It is time".




Zuckerberg has not made a public statement on the recent concerns over Facebook's user privacy and data protection protocol.

The number of Google searches on 'how can I delete Facebook' has spiked over the last 48 hours since details of the apparent privacy breach emerged.

The WhatsApp co-founder, who now works at the rival messaging application Signal, posted the comment amid a growing uproar over revelations that Facebook data was harvested by a British political consulting firm linked to Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is now investigating Facebook's handling and alleged misuse of users' personal data.

It takes 90 days for a user's data to be wiped from the site after deleting it. The data was reportedly used by the political data analytics firm to push out targeted ads for Trump.


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