WhatsApp Co-Founder Says, 'It is time #deletefacebook'

Saul Franklin
March 21, 2018

Brian Acton, the co-founder of WhatsApp who sold part of his company to Facebook in 2014 for $19 billion, on Tuesday joined the increasing chorus of the #deletefacebook movement. Acton and Jan Koum founded WhatsApp together. The messaging app, one of the most popular apps in the world, allows users to place phone calls, and send and receive messages free over the internet. He stayed with the company for several years before starting the Signal Foundation.

The "Delete Facebook" train just got another passenger.

Facebook is under major scrutiny right now by regulators for its role in the misuse of user information by Cambridge Analytical, as the latter saw its world come crashing down after Canadian whistleblower Christopher Wylie broke the news of user abuse of over 50 million accounts, related to the 2016 USA election.

While Cambridge Analytica has insisted it played by the rules and Facebook has fought back that there was ever a "hack" or a "breach", some users are turned off that all of the data was collected by the book.

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Taking to Twitter, Brian wrote, "It is time". And he isn't done merely with WhatsApp - in a post on Twitter today, Acton told his followers to delete Facebook.

Facebook said University of Cambridge psychologist Aleksandr Kogan, who developed the app used to harvest user data, also agreed to cooperate. "Consumers have a right to know how their information is used - and companies like Facebook have a fundamental responsibility to protect their users' personal information", wrote NY attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman.

"The claim that this is a data breach is completely false". "It is now time to hear from a senior Facebook executive with the sufficient authority to give an accurate account of this catastrophic failure of process".

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