WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton tweets: Time to delete Facebook

21 March, 2018, 08:17 | Author: Simon Thompson
  • Despite never meeting the two chatted for most of the day before arranging to meet for a drink later that night

With the Anton then chose to invest $50 million into Signal Foundation, a non-profit organization and direct alternative to WhatsApp.

The most recent of the lot who has turned against Facebook is WhatsApp cofounder, Brian Acton.

Brian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp, speaks at the WSJD Live conference. 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. 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. Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014 for almost $19 billion.

He didn't elaborate, but Acton, who previously headed engineering for WhatsApp, is a well-known advocate for privacy and encryption. 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".

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"It is time. #deletefacebook", Acton wrote.

The news which broke over the weekend has now grown into a full blown crisis with lawmakers in the US, UK and Europe demanding answers from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

This is not the first time Acton has raised his voice against Facebook. Facebook has also said that it has hired a digital forensics firm, Stroz Friedberg to conduct a comprehensive audit of Cambridge Analytica. "This is part of a comprehensive internal and external review that we are conducting to determine the accuracy of the claims that the Facebook data in question still exists", the California social network giant said.

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