WhatsApp co-founder tweets 'It is time. Delete Facebook'

Illustration by Alex Castro  The Verge

Illustration by Alex Castro The Verge

Koum remains with the company, but Acton left WhatsApp in 2017 to start his own nonprofit foundation "focused at the intersection of nonprofit, technology and communications".

Brian Acton, a co-founder of WhatsApp, which Facebook bought in 2014, on Tuesday (March 20) urged people to delete their accounts on the giant social network, USA Today reported.

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"It is time", Acton wrote, adding the hashtag #deletefacebook. 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 previous year while Jan Koum continues to lead the charge. WhatsApp declined to comment.

Since revelations on Saturday that a political consulting firm had improperly obtained personal data on 50 million Facebook users, the world's largest social media company has lost US$60 billion (S$79 million) of its stock market value.

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The hashtag formed amidst claims that Facebook allowed data analytics company Cambridge Analytica to collect data from Facebook users' profiles.

It's not clear if Acton is advising others to delete Facebook or simply declaring that he plans to do so himself. According to The Verge, Acton has not replied to a request for comment. With the Anton then made a decision to invest $50 million into Signal Foundation, a non-profit organization and direct alternative to WhatsApp. A Facebook statement said the forensics firm Stroz Friedberg would "conduct a comprehensive audit of Cambridge Analytica", and that the company had agreed to comply and provide access to its servers and systems.

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