WhatsApp co-founder wants everyone to delete Facebook, here's why

WhatsApp co-founder wants everyone to delete Facebook, here's why

Brian Acton, the co-founder of WhatsApp. And this declaration arrives somewhat as a surprise, for Facebook purchased Whatsapp in 2014 for a whopping $19 billion.

Meanwhile, The Guardian quotes a Facebook spokeswoman saying, "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".

With an estimated worth of $6.5 billion, Acton tweeted to call time on Facebook in the wake of the recent developments about Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm which also worked for the President of United States Donald Trump during his election campaign. His WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum still remains on the Facebook board.

"It is time. #deletefacebook", tweeted Acton. It is unclear if Acton feels the same way about WhatsApp because that technically comes under Facebook.

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Facebook said it knew about the leak since 2015, but the incident only became public last weekend after reports by the New York Times and Guardian.

According to Sandy Parakilas, an ex-employee of Facebook who was the platform operations manager responsible for policing data breaches by third-party software developers between 2011 and 2012, he had previously warned senior executives that its "lax approach" towards protected data posed serious risks of data breach. Kogan violated the Facebook policy by selling the data as the app was not allowed to use the data for commercial purposes.

"The claim that this is a data breach is completely false".

He isn't the first former exec to criticize the company, but he's one of the most high profile to do so, which will no doubt be embarrassing for Facebook, which is facing numerous investigations, a tumbling stock price, and questions about its current leadership (or lack thereof).

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