WhatsApp Co-Founder Brian Acton Joins The "Delete Facebook" Movement

James Marshall
March 21, 2018

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.

"It is time. #deletefacebook", he wrote on the social media platform.

Tech drama may not be the most entertaining drama, but it sure does entertain, and the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica fallout isn't even close to finished. 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.

Brian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp, speaks at the WSJD Live conference. "Consumers have a right to know how their information is used - and companies like Facebook have a fundamental responsibility to protect their users' personal information", wrote NY attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman.

Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion in February 2014. After learning this, Facebook suspended Cambridge Analytica and Kogan but it also came under scanner and started receiving criticism from various sectors. The committee has a now summoned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify. This is not the first time that a former Facebook executive has showed discomfort after leaving the company. He stayed with the company for several years before starting the Signal Foundation. WhatsApp co-founder is the latest voice to be in support of this hashtag. With Cambridge Analytica, Facebook said it had suspended the organisation and its parent company the SCL Group from the network.

Facebook announced two days ago it has hired a digital forensics firm to investigate the data leak, reported AFP.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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