WhatsApp Co-founder Asks People to #DeleteFacebook

WhatsApp Co-founder Asks People to #DeleteFacebook

WhatsApp Co-founder Asks People to #DeleteFacebook

Late a year ago, France's privacy watchdog had also issued a formal notice to WhatsApp, asking the messaging app to stop sharing user data with its parent company Facebook within a month. "It is time. #deletefacebook", Brian Acton tweeted to more than 23,000 of his followers.

He led the team of engineers that created WhatsApp after all. Five years later, Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion, including $4 billion in cash, $12 billion in Facebook shares, and another $3 billion in restricted stock units doled out to WhatsApp personnel. At the time, Acton kept his job and got $3 billion from the transaction.

Acton who's worth $6.5 billion invested $50 million into Signal, a standalone alternative to WhatsApp.

It's interesting to note that after asking people to delete Facebook via Twitter, Acton made the same call on Facebook as well (Image via TechCrunch).

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is now investigating Facebook's handling and alleged misuse of users' personal data.

Facebook has found itself in deep trouble after it emerged that data analytics company Cambridge Analytica allegedly misused the data of 50 million Facebook users.

It's just almost a nightmare for the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Delete Facebook or not to delete Facebook? Cambridge Analytica provided analytic data to the presidential campaign of Donald Trump in 2016, but denies that any of the Facebook data was used in connection with Trump's campaign.

It takes 90 days for a user's data to be wiped from the site after deleting it.

It is pertinent to mention here that Mark Zuckerberg was expected to come at the Facebook employees' meeting but he escaped that meeting as there were chances of the discussion about the data breach and its implications. With the Cambridge Analytica scandal, however, the company is facing what could be its biggest ever crisis-even WhatsApp's co-founder is calling for people to delete their accounts.

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