Amid the criticism towards Facebook for permitting misuse of data collected by Cambridge Analytica, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton has informed his followers on Twitter to delete their Fb accounts. Acton, who co-founded WhatsApp in partnership with Jan Koum, left the company last year to begin a brand new basis. Notably, Acton’s departure from WhatsApp came to visit three years after Fb acquired the instant messaging app for $16 billion (roughly Rs. 1,04,300 crores).
Acton on Wednesday posted a tweet that reads, “It’s time. #deletefacebook”. The hashtag #deletefacebook has surfaced on the social media channels for the final couple of days, and Acton is the most recent to lend his voice to the motion. The backlash follows revelations concerning the extent to which Cambridge Analytica’s had entry to consumer information, which has additionally prompted US and UK authorities looking for solutions from Fb.
Fb stated on Tuesday it could face questions this week from the Federal Commerce Fee (FTC) concerning the information acquired by Cambridge Analytica. It stated it had no indication of a proper investigation.
The FTC is alleged to be reviewing whether or not Fb violated a 2011 consent decree it reached with the authority over its privateness practices. Fb shares are down greater than 15 p.c to final month’s all-time excessive.
It’s price noting right here that Acton is not the one former Fb government who conveyed negativity for the corporate after his departure. Final 12 months, Chamath Palihapitiya, former VP of Person Progress, Cell and Worldwide at Fb, additionally expressed “large guilt” for having created instruments “which are ripping aside the social cloth of how society works”.
Final month, Acton invested $50 million into Signal, an encrypted messaging app that’s designed to rival WhatsApp. The 46-year-old laptop programmer additionally formed the Signal Foundation by collaborating with safety researcher Moxie Marlinspike to develop open supply privateness know-how “that protects free expression and permits safe international communication.”