WhatsApp co-founder wants everyone to delete Facebook, here's why

WhatsApp co-founder wants everyone to delete Facebook, here's why

WhatsApp co-founder wants everyone to delete Facebook, here's why

Tweet of Acton proves to be the most high profile addition tweet for the thousands of the users who have also raised their voices joining this the most high profile addition to the hundreds of thousands of voices #DeleteFacebook which is now trending on the social media site Twitter.

Acton was an engineer and executive at Yahoo before he co-founded WhatsApp in 2009 until Facebook bought the messaging app in 2014, making Acton a multi-billionaire, Acton left the establishment November a year ago. Acton co-founded WhatsApp with Jan Koum which was acquired by Facebook in February 2014 for United States dollars 19 billion.

Last month, Acton invested $50 million into "Signal", an independent alternative to hugely-popular WhatsApp.

The increase of false news and the revelation recently that scores of Facebook user profiles had been harvested by Cambridge Analytica, a voter-profiling company that worked on the United States President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign, are major issues which have emerged widely. While Facebook played down reports of a "breach", the conversation quickly broadened as users started to debate the sensitivities of data collection.

WhatsApp co-founder wants everyone to delete Facebook, here's why

He tweeted: "It is time #deletefacebook", and the hashtag has since gone viral, with millions of people voicing concern about Facebook's connections to Cambridge Analytica. Five years later, Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion, including $4 billion in cash, $12 billion in Facebook shares, and another $3 billion in restricted stock units doled out to WhatsApp personnel. If found guilty, Mark Zuckerberg's firm could face fines reaching into the billions of dollars. The tweet was posted after he applied for a job at the social media giant but was not able to make into it.

Facebook are under increasing pressure to explain its privacy safeguards that protect its users data from regulators and politicians in both the United Kingdom and the US. On Tuesday, venture capitalist Roger McNamee, a Facebook investor and former mentor to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, said the social network is facing a crisis of public trust "that is going to destroy the company".

So, have you deleted your Facebook account?

Investigations in the United Kingdom and USA are now underway into Cambridge Analytica, which has claimed it helped Donald Trump win the White House.

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