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WhatsApp Co-Founder Says, 'It is time #deletefacebook'

22 March, 2018, 01:15 | Author: Melinda Barton
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The co-founder of WhatsApp has joined the chorus of voices against social media giant Facebook.

The campaign calls on social-media users to unsubscribe from not only Facebook, but also Instagram and WhatsApp, which are owned by the same company.

He led the team of engineers that created WhatsApp after all. WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook in 2014.

Acton in his latest tweet urged the users to delete Facebook. Also, the Signal Foundation will focus on communications privacy, he said.

The reason behind Acton's tweet is as yet unexplained, but this is not the first time when he has tweeted or spoken on Facebook.


Meanwhile, in the UK, MPs summoned Facebook's chief executive Mark Zuckerberg to give evidence to a select committee investigating fake news.

The same day, the data analytics firm was embroiled in further scandal after an exposé was aired by United Kingdom broadcaster Channel 4 showing Cambridge Analytica executives, including its CEO Alexander Nix, speaking to an undercover reporter about how it had helped to elect U.S. President Donald Trump in 2016. Last year, Chamath Palihapitiya - Facebook's former head of user growth - sparked a debate by saying that they have "created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works".

"The issue is a callous disregard for the privacy rights of users and a lack of care with respect to data that had been entrusted to Facebook", McNamee told National Public Radio.

However, no official statement has been made by the company's founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The hashtag has been trending amid outrage over Facebook's links to controversial data firm Cambridge Analytica and its handling of personal data.

People eager to delete their profiles may find unexpected problems that point to how integral Facebook is to many activities, said Ifeoma Ajunwa, a professor of organisational behaviour at Cornell University. The Terms of Services (ToS) of the update shows that the messaging platform will soon start the process of sharing the user data with Facebook.

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