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"It's time to #DeleteFacebook", tweets WhatsApp co-founder

22 March 2018, 01:12 | Lionel James

"It's time to #DeleteFacebook", tweets WhatsApp co-founder

Brian Acton, one of the two founders of WhatsApp, the company behind the popular messaging app of the same name, took to Twitter late Tuesday with a simple message: Delete Facebook. As everyone seems to be unhappy with the Facebook these days and also the co-founder of WhatsApp, Brian Acton raising his voice and asking the users to delete the Facebook. 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. According to a Guardian report, Cambridge Analytica, firm that worked with Trump's election team acquired the personal details of Facebook users through a quiz to build a detailed profile of people.

Cambridge Analytica, with links to President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, has allegedly collected data from personal profiles of many Facebook users. His app, "thisisyourdigitallife", offered a personality prediction, and billed itself on Facebook as "a research app used by psychologists".

The #DeleteFacebook hashtag began gaining traction around the same time that the Cambridge Analytica allegations first surfaced.

Coming back to Acton, after selling WhatsApp to Facebook, he has been found actively supporting privacy-focused services.

In 2014, Facebook bought WhatsApp in a deal of cash and stock worth $19 billion, Facebook's largest acquisition. To Mark Zuckerberg's relief, both the France and United Kingdom rulings on WhatsApp and Facebook are still just country level. His tweet has created a big controversy in the social media world.

Trump's lawyer says Stormy Daniels violated confidentiality agreement 20 times
Avenatti also told Cuomo his legal team is "not vouching for these stories" and said it was possible he won't represent the women. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has rejected the notion that Trump approved the payment to Daniels.

Meanwhile, in the UK, MPs summoned Facebook's chief executive Mark Zuckerberg to give evidence to a select committee investigating fake news.

They did this by creating a quiz that was taken by 270,000 Facebook users.

Facebook is under fire from the public and politicians in the United States and the United Kingdom over its data privacy practices.

Amid a growing row over data breaches linked to the popular social media company, Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg was summoned before a United Kingdom parliamentary committee. "Given your commitment at the start of the New Year to fixing Facebook, I hope that this representative will be you".



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