WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton wants you to delete Facebook

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton wants you to delete Facebook

Yolanda Curtis
March 21, 2018

The tweet comes on the heels of an undercover investigation broadcast on the U.K.'s Channel 4 News Senior of Cambridge Analytica - the United Kingdom data company at the heart of a major worldwide scandal into the mining of data from 50 million Facebook users in order to influence elections - in which execs were caught discussing its secretive and pivotal involvement in Donald Trump's election win. Brian writes, "It is time" followed by the hashtag #deletefacebook.

Brian Acton, the co-founder of messenger application WhatsApp, called for followers to delete Facebook in a tweet on Tuesday evening. Five years later, Facebook acquired WhatsApp, a popular messaging app, for $19 billion.

Brian Acton, who quit Facebook-owned instant messaging application - WhatsApp past year to start his own foundation took Twitter asking users to delete Facebook. WhatsApp declined to comment. Koum continues to lead the company.

What is concerning here is the fact that figures that were high up in the command chain at Facebook, seem to be aware of the implications of the social media giant and what its effects on the society are. The app asked the users for the personal details of their Facebook friends.

Many people have turned against Facebook after the recent revelation that data of 50M Facebook users was breached in the US Presidential Election, this data played an important role in the outcome of the election. Facebook said Friday that Kogan "lied to us" and did not delete the data as they demanded. "That was the basis the entire company was built on", Christopher Wylie, who worked with a Cambridge University academic to obtain the data, told the Guardian. Mark Zuckerberg, Founder of Facebook and Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, have yet to make a statement around these claims both publically and internally. "The entire company is outraged we were deceived".

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