Brian Acton left WhatsApp last year to start his own foundation. On Tuesday, he took to Twitter asking users to delete Facebook. Brian wrote, “It is time” followed by the hashtag #deletefacebook. The Verge approached Brian for a comment in support of his post, but he is yet to respond. WhatsApp declined to comment on the matter.
Social media giant Facebook has been facing harsh criticism for a week now, after US and British media reported that the data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica exploited data of more than 50 million users to influence the US presidential election, helping President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. The controversy has put everyone at Facebook, including founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, on the defensive.
Facebook on Tuesday released a statement on the data breach issue and said that Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg were working round the clock to control the damage. “Mark, Sheryl and their teams are working around the clock to get all the facts and take the appropriate action moving forward because they understand the seriousness of this issue,” Facebook told The Daily Beast. “The entire company is outraged we were deceived. We are committed to vigorously enforcing our policies to protect people’s information and will take whatever steps are required to see that this happens, the Facebook statement said.
Facebook bought WhatsApp for $16 billion back in 2014. Jan Koum and Brian Acton were the co-founders of the instant messaging application company back then, until Brian, who is worth $6.5 billion decided to quit to start his own venture. Koum continues to lead the company.