WhatsApp co-founder asks users to delete Facebook

Published: March 21, 2018
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Brian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp, speaks at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, California October 25, 2016. 
PHOTO: REUTERS

Brian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp, speaks at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, California October 25, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton has asked users to delete Facebook.

In a message on Twitter, Acton said “it is time” after the social media giant found itself in the middle of a surveillance controversy on Sunday.

According to a joint investigation by The New York Times and Britain’s Observer, Cambridge Analytica — a firm employed by US President Donald Trump as part of the election campaign — was able to create psychological profiles on 50 million Facebook users through the use of a personality prediction app that was downloaded by 270,000 people.

The firm has denied misusing Facebook data for the Trump campaign.

Facebook’s market valuation fell by roughly $50 billion on Monday with Zuckerberg’s personal fortune falling by $4.9 billion according to a Bloomberg report.

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The social media giant purchased WhatsApp in 2014 in a deal for cash and stocks worth $19 billion.

The hashtag #DeleteFacebook has gone viral on Twitter with users sharing their resentment for Facebook in light of the controversy.

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Some users found it ironic that creators of social media platforms are now asking users to reject it.

Either way, its safe to say Facebook has found itself in a controversy that may affect its future user base.

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