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WhatsApp Co-Founder Says "It Is Time" to Delete Facebook

Michael Evangelou accidentally sent a message to Lina Dahlbeck in September and that mistake changed their lives forever. Source EPA via AAP Michael Evangelou accidentally sent a message to Lina Dahlbeck in September and that mistake changed their lives forever. Source EPA via AAP
Nina Mathis | 21 March, 2018, 08:18

The revelations about the Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal have led to 10% slip in Facebook's stock, leaving the online social media and social networking service company users agitated about the privacy violation.After both co-founders made billions by cutting a deal with Zuckerberg's Facebook in 2014, Acton left the company in September a year ago while Jan Koum continues to lead the charge.

Acton did not follow up to his tweet, which sends a mixed message about parent company Facebook (surely Mark Zuckerburg can't be happy about the message). Interestingly, Acton's WhatsApp is now owned by Facebook. The recent controversy surrounding Facebook was that 50 million Facebook user's data was breached in the last US Presidential Election.

Definitely a weird tweet from Acton-let's see what he has to say next about his tweet, and whether it was actually him sending the message or a "hacker".

No comment has been received from Facebook over WhatsApp co-founders decision and also the public call. It is unclear if Acton feels the same way about WhatsApp because that technically comes under Facebook.

Facebook has already suspended Cambridge Analytica from its platform.




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". His app, "thisisyourdigitallife", offered a personality prediction, and billed itself on Facebook as "a research app used by psychologists".

Sandy told Guadian that Facebook did not use its enforcement mechanisms or audit external developers to ensure data was not being misused.

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

Acton is not the first former Facebook executive to express unease about the company after leaving it.

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