WhatsApp Co-Founder Says "It Is Time" to Delete Facebook

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WhatsApp Co-Founder Says "It Is Time" to Delete Facebook

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton has tweeted saying it is time to Delete Facebook.

Brian Acton, the co-founder of WhatsApp.

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Acton, who is worth $6.5 billion, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Koum remains with the company, but Acton left WhatsApp in 2017 to start his own nonprofit foundation "focused at the intersection of nonprofit, technology and communications". After giving the reigns of his messaging company Whatsapp in 2014 for around $19 billion United States dollars in cash and stock wrote on Twitter that "It is time" to delete Facebook without giving any specific explanation. A number of online movements encouraging Facebook users to delete their profiles on the social media platform have emerged with the #deletefacebook hashtag picking up steam over the last couple of days.

Facebook lost 2.6 per cent after it said it faced questions from the US Federal Trade Commission about how its users'personal data was mined by a political consultancy hired by Trump's campaign. It is unclear if Acton feels the same way about WhatsApp because that technically comes under Facebook. Then Kogan sold the same data to a company called Cambridge Analytica, which a voter profiling company in US. Apparently, Facebook knew all about this data leak in 2015 but the public wasn't made aware of this news until this weekend. The people who created the quiz passed the data to Cambridge Analytica, which is in breach of Facebook's policy.

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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.

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