WhatsApp co-founder tells everyone to delete Facebook

WhatsApp co-founder tells everyone to delete Facebook

"It is time. #deletefacebook", he wrote on the social media platform.

Facebook had bought WhatsApp in 2014 for a whopping sum of $21 billion.

It has been almost a week now that the social media giant, Facebook has been facing several harsh criticisms after US and British media reported that a British data analysis firm named Cambridge Analytica, exploited data of more than 50 million Facebook users for allegedly influencing the US President Donald Trump during his 2016 campaign. According to reports by the Observer and New York Times, Cambridge Analytica illegally used the personal information obtained via Facebook to profile and target voters with political advertisements. Acton left Facebook in September of 2017 to start his own non-profit company. Kogan violated the Facebook policy by selling the data as the app was not allowed to use the data for commercial purposes. While Facebook has itself said there was no data breach, considering that users had authorised the app to access the data, it has also come under server criticism over how it handled the whole affair. Then Kogan sold the same data to a company called Cambridge Analytica, which a voter profiling company in US.

As the years have progressed, WhatsApp has increasingly grown its interdependence on Facebook infrastructure with a plan for deeper integration about sharing data with the parent company. The issue has been giving sleepless nights to everyone at Facebook, including the company CEO Mark Zuckerberg.


In fact, the WhatsApp co-founder is not the only talking about #DeleteFacebook.

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. There are quite a few tweets around the hashtag, with the social network being accused of not taking user privacy and data seriously.

Facebook announced two days ago it has hired a digital forensics firm to investigate the data leak, reported AFP.

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