WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton says it's time to delete Facebook

Joanna Estrada
March 24, 2018

It was unclear how many users were following through on plans to quit Facebook, which has more than two billion users worldwide.

Acton and business partner Jan Koum, former Yahoo employees, founded WhatsApp in 2009.

Back on Tuesday took to Twitter and wrote, "It is time".

WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook in 2014. Kogan had developed an app called "thisisyourdigitallife", which was voluntarily downloaded by about 270,000 users who shared information with the app. The company is taking a financial hit, too-Facebook lost $50 billion in market value this week. Additionally, Sandy Parakilas, said that from 2011 to 2012, when he was the company's operations manager, he called for higher levels of security for the data of users, which went unheeded by the senior executives of the company.

Facebook has more than 2 billion active monthly users.

Many people have pointed out that Cambridge Analytica didn't use Facebook's data in an unusual way: it wanted to influence people.

The company also required developers to get its approval before requesting "any sensitive data" from its users. As per the reports of Cambridge Analytica, a right-winged consultancy regarding the political matters said that since the last weekend, the price stock price of Facebook has reduced by 11%.

Zuckerberg also provided some of the steps Facebook would take in the future. This includes investigating all the apps that had access to all these large data prior to the policy change in 2014. In 2017, former head of growth at Facebook, Chamath Palihapitiya, said the the platform was 'ripping society apart.' Facebook's founding president, Sean Parker, also expressed distaste at Facebook for "exploit [ing] a vulnerability in human psychology".

Facebook is under fire from the public and politicians in the United States and the United Kingdom over its data privacy practices. If it determines Facebook did violate the decree, the FTC could fine the social media company.

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