Time to Delete Facebook, says WhatsApp Co-Founder, Brian Acton

Javier Stokes
March 22, 2018

The campaign calls on social-media users to unsubscribe from not only Facebook, but also Instagram and WhatsApp, which are owned by the same company. He also appears to have an interest in expensive sportscars, as the only Facebook groups he's a public member of are "Air Cooled Porsche 911 and 912" and two other vehicle groups. A consultant, for now, US President Donald Trump's Presidential campaign, used data, including user likes, inappropriately obtained from Facebook users to try and influence the elections held in November 2016. Yes! Also, a current data leak says that Facebook put allegations that the data analysis company Cambridge Analytica accessed 50 million Facebook users' data without their permission.

While that is a story in and of itself, today we're going to be focusing on a tweet from Brian Acton, just posted within the last 24 hours.

Brian Acton added his voice to Cambridge Analytica backlash, as the company is being investigated for mishandling of data.

Facebook has faced controversies in the past-fake news, the mood manipulation experiment, violence on its Live streaming feature-but they haven't put a real dent in the social network's business. Since then, Acton has worked with Facebook, however, he left WhatsApp previous year in September to start his own non-profit and also invested $50 Million in Signal last month.

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The co-founder of WhatsApp is the recent one joining the #DeleteFacebook movement, as the Federal Trade Commission was reported to be carrying out the investigations about company's handling of personal data. The firm is accused of using the data of 50 million Facebook members to influence the 2016 USA presidential election.

It takes 90 days for a user's data to be wiped from the site after deleting it. The company signed a consent agreement with the FTC in 2011 guaranteeing data privacy regarding the use of personal user data.

But Facebook noted that some data such as posts on friends' timelines might remain in the system even after an account is deleted.

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