Tuesday, 24 April, 2018

WhatsApp co-founder wants everyone to delete their Facebook accounts

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| 21 March, 2018, 08:16

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton, who left Facebook previous year was straightforward about his position on the social media network when he took to Twitter and simply said, "It is time". 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.

The report went on to add that WhatsApp declined to comment on the statement while Acton "did not immediately respond to a request for comment".

Facebook is facing serious questions after it was revealed that a firm a political data firm Cambridge Analytica, illegally harvested over 50 million user profiles to help manipulate election campaigns for the Trump camp as well as the pro-Brexit camp.

Definitely a weird tweet from Acton-let's see what he has to say next about his tweet, and whether it was actually him sending the message or a "hacker".


According to The Verge, it was unclear whether Acton's feelings about Facebook extend to his own app.

No comment has been received from Facebook over WhatsApp co-founders decision and also the public call. It also started in 2014, when an academic of Russian origin Aleksandr Kogan created a Facebook app which paid thousands of users to take a psychological test. His app, "thisisyourdigitallife", offered a personality prediction, and billed itself on Facebook as "a research app used by psychologists". Delete Facebook or not to delete Facebook? Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook empire is now suffering after news broke out in the media that the privately held company have acquired private user data of 50 million users on Facebook through series of leaks.

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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