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By Sheetal Sukhija | Thursday March 22, 2018
WhatsApp co-founder appeals to the world to Delete Facebook
The co-founder of Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp, Brian Acton joined the many people across the technology industry in calls to the world to delete Facebook. The reaction came in response to the controversy involving Cambridge Analytica - in which Facebook has found itself in the central spot. On Tuesday night, Acton took to Twitter and told more than 23,000 of his followers, “It is time. #deletefacebook.” Ever since the scandal broke over the weekend, the hashtag delete Facebook has been trending on Twitter and content publishers are giving voice to experts who are warning users about the misuse of their personal information through Facebook. Acton’s who co-founded WhatsApp in 2009, became a multi-billionaire when Facebook acquired the messaging app in 2014. However, after working at the company until November last year, Acton quit to head the Signal Foundation, which is now a rival of WhatsApp. Since the expose that a right-leaning political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, acquired and misused the personal data of tens of millions of Facebook users came to light, Facebook’s stock price is down more than 11 percent. Further, the social network is facing crackdowns from regulators in the U.S. and Europe, and an investor lawsuit over that share price slump. U.K.’s data protection watchdog on Tuesday sought a court warrant to search the London headquarters of the political data analytics consultancy that boasts about having worked with U.S. President...Read more