WhatsApp’s Co-founder Provoked Users to Delete Facebook

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WhatsApp’s former co-founder provoked everyone on Twitter to delete Facebook, on March 21, 2018.

Facebook purchased WhatsApp for US$ 16 billion, which was previously owned by Jan Koum and Brian Acton. Koum still leads the company, however, Acton quit earlier in 2018, to start his own foundation. Acton, who sold his app to Zuckerberg, was seen advising his followers to delete Facebook.

His post read “It is time. #deletefacebook”. Acton, who is worth US$ 6.5 billion, failed to respond to a request for comment, while WhatsApp declined to comment.

It is unclear whether Acton’s remark directly states his feelings about his own app or about Facebook. Acton has newly founded Signal, which seems to be an independent alternative to WhatsApp, which he has invested US$ 50 million.

This tweet was seen on Twitter five days after Facebook’s stock price plunged following concerns over data privacy related to Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of user data.

Acton is not the first to express unease about the Facebook after leaving it. It was observed that former head of growth Chamath Palihapitiya, in 2017 said “we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works.” While others who expressed regrets include Sean Parker, Justin Rosenstein, and investor Roger McNamee.


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