The co-founder of the messaging app WhatsApp is urging people to delete Facebook.
It is time. #deletefacebook
— Brian Acton (@brianacton) March 20, 2018
Brian Acton, who left WhatsApp in 2017, tweeted to his followers this week, “It is time. #deletefacebook.”
The social media platform has come under increased scrutiny after a recent report revealed Cambridge Analytica, a research company used by President Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign bid, improperly collected information on 50 million Facebook users without their knowledge.
Facebook purchased WhatsApp in 2014 for a reported $19 billion. After Acton left WhatsApp last year, he went on to form his own non-profit, recently announcing he had invested $50 million in secure messaging app Signal.
I am glad I deleted Facebook. I do not feel comfortable having strangers try to manipulate me psychologically by stealing my information and analyzing me. #DeleteFacebook
— Samantha Jo Cherry (@SailorCherry2) March 21, 2018
For years I’ve been giving Mark Zuckerberg access to a wealth of data about me in return for the ability to keep 139 people, many of whom I barely recall from HS, updated on my life. In light of recent events that no longer seems like a good deal for me. #DeleteFacebook
— TDPattillo (@TDPattillo) March 21, 2018
— Traitor Hunter 🦅 (@RESlST45) March 21, 2018
You don’t have to #DeleteFacebook, just stop being a credulous moron when something pops up in your timeline.
— Downtown Josh Brown (@ReformedBroker) March 21, 2018
As Facebook comes under fire, shares in the social media company dropped this week and the “deletefacebook” hashtag has gained momentum in recent days.
According to CNN, this week venture capitalist Roger McNamee, a Facebook investor said Facebook is “facing a crisis of public trust that is going to destroy the company.”