WhatsApp Co-Founder Urges People to Delete Facebook


Source: AP

The co-founder of the messaging app WhatsApp is urging people to delete Facebook.

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.

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.”