“It is time.” as Acton wrote adding the hashtag #deletefacebook. 

 

In 2014, Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion, making its co-founders — Jan Koum and Brian Acton very wealthy men. Nowadays, Koum continues to lead the company, but Acton quit earlier this year to start his own foundation, the Signal Foundation.

And it seems like he isn’t done with WhatsApp — in a post on Twitter today, Acton told his followers to delete Facebook.

 

 

It remains unclear whether Acton, who is worth $6.5 billion, made such statement about Facebook based out of his feelings about Facebook’s relationship with his own app. But last month, Acton invested $50 million into Signal, a more privacy focused alternative to WhatsApp.

 

 

Why Act-on such a thing?

Acton’s tweet came after which a London-based data mining and analytics firm Cambridge Analytics misused user data from as many as 50 million Facebook users which has seen regulators swarm and Facebook’s stock price plunge following the concerns over data privacy. 

I’ll link to a great write-up by The Atlantic on Facebook and the Cambridge Analytics scandal in three paragraphs.

He’s not the only one to have expressed hate towards Facebook.

 

 

 

Acton is not the first former Facebook executive to come it and express unease about the company after leaving it. Last year, Facebook’s former head of growth, Chamath Palihapitiya caused an outrage saying,

we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works.

Other former Facebook executives include Sean Parker, Justin Rosenstein and investor Roger McNamee have had also came out to express regrets.

 

 

Are you joining on board the #deletefacebook train by deleting your Facebook account?

 

 

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