WhatsApp Founder Urges: #DeleteFacebook

Despite never meeting the two chatted for most of the day before arranging to meet for a drink later that night

Now WhatsApp instant messaging app co-founder Brian Acton recently warned people from using Facebook, asking them to delete their Facebook accounts.

Acton posted a tweet on Twitter yesterday saying "It is time" followed by the hashtag #deletefacebook, showing his support for the ongoing protest against Facebook over the company's failure of protecting user data and privacy. Acton remained with Facebook until earlier this year, while WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum remains behind and still holds a seat on Facebook's board.

The social-media giant bought WhatsApp for $19 billion in 2014, but Acton had already invested $50 million into WhatsApp competitor Signal in February before joining the reactionary movement to boycott Facebook. Also, the Signal Foundation will focus on communications privacy, he said.

Acton's call to action came on the heels of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which the United Kingdom -based analytics firm allegedly misused the data of 50 million Facebook users starting in 2014.

Since reports of Cambridge Analytica using Facebook's user information came to light, people have been urging on social media to either #DeleteFacebook or #BoycottFacebook in response. A former operations manager at Facebook, Sandy Parakilas, mentioned that during his time at the company in the year 2011 and the year 2012, senior executives did little to address his calls for better user data security.

Acton is one of the many people who was once affiliated with Facebook to voice against the social media network in a public forum.

While that is a story in and of itself, today we're going to be focusing on a tweet from Brian Acton, just posted within the last 24 hours.

The lack of any public statement or appearance by Zuckerberg or Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating office of Facebook, had led to growing questions about the company's response to the ongoing crisis.

So, have you deleted your Facebook account? It claimed it had been duped by Cambridge Analytica. Facebook has been accused of misleading the committee over how third parties gather and handle user data.

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