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

Michael Evangelou accidentally sent a message to Lina Dahlbeck in September and that mistake changed their lives forever. Source EPA via AAP

Michael Evangelou accidentally sent a message to Lina Dahlbeck in September and that mistake changed their lives forever. Source EPA via AAP

This move comes after a rough week for the social media giant in the wake of revelations about the alleged misuse of Facebook user data by data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica that worked on the United States President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign.

One surprising voice to emerge was that of Brian Acton, the co-founder of WhatsApp, which was bought by Facebook for $19bn in 2014. He added the hashtag #DeleteFacebook.

Brian Acton sold WhatsApp to Facebook for a whopping $19 billion dollars and had been working with Facebook since the last September 2017.

Definitely a weird tweet from Acton-let's see what he has to say next about his tweet, and whether it was actually him sending the message or a "hacker".

Now, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton has tweeted saying it is time to Delete Facebook. But Kogan was able to exploit a loophole in Facebook and get access to the data of 50 million users.

It must be noted that Acton didn't elaborate upon his reasons of joining the bandwagon, but Business Insider reports that his Facebook account appears to have been deactivated (for whatever reason), and folks are also pointing toward an old 2009 tweet from Acton, who related how he was rejected by Facebook while applying for a job.

While there is a huge debate going over this, there were many users who also pitched an idea to ditch all social media platforms owned by Facebook. 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 said Friday that Kogan "lied to us" and did not delete the data as they demanded.

Facebook communications statement has been issued which says, "The claim that this is a data breach is completely false".

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