Delete Facebook and forget about it, says WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton
Brian Acton, who co-founded WhatsApp with Jan Koum in 2009, has declared it’s time for you to leave Facebook, following the recent scandal with Facebook’s alleged indirect involvement in the US Elections of 2016.
A little backstory in case you missed it – data mining and analytics firm Cambridge Analytica misused Facebook user data in violation of Facebook’s guidelines and terms, leading to a continuing, huge scandal. The data played a huge role in influencing voters in the 2016 US Elections to favor then-candidate Donald Trump. Amid the criticism against Facebook for allowing misuse of data collected by Cambridge Analytica, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton has told his followers on Twitter to delete their Facebook accounts. Acton, who co-founded WhatsApp in partnership with Jan Koum, left the company last year to start a new foundation. Notably, Acton’s departure from WhatsApp came over three years after Facebook acquired the instant messaging app for $16 billion (approximately Rs. 1,04,300 crores).
It goes without saying that many in the tech community have turned their attention to Facebook and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s silence has been troubling. Some investors are even reportedly suing Facebook over the stock price drop.
So in light of the evolving controversy Brian Acton voiced his opinion on Twitter that people should delete their Facebook accounts, saying “Delete and forget. It’s time to care about privacy.”
Last month, Acton invested $50 million into Signal, an encrypted messaging app that is designed to rival WhatsApp. The 46-year-old computer programmer also formed the Signal Foundation by collaborating with security researcher Moxie Marlinspike to develop open source privacy technology “that protects free expression and enables secure global communication.”