Brian Acton left Facebook in September last year Image: Twitter
WhatsApp messaging service co-founder Brian Acton has urged users to delete their Facebook accounts amid a massive data harvesting scandal in which information of 50 million people was leaked allegedly to influence the 2016 US presidential election. WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton left Facebook in September last year and joined a foundation.
Momentum gathered behind the #DeleteFacebook campaign, with several media outlets publishing guides to permanently deleting your Facebook account.
"It is time. #deletefacebook," Acton tweeted out. Acton co-founded WhatsApp with Jan Koum which was acquired by Facebook in February, 2014, for $ 19 billion.
It is time. #deletefacebook— Brian Acton (@brianacton) March 20, 2018
The overall backlash has spooked investors, leading shares in the company to fall by more than 9 per cent over the last two days wiping almost $ 50 billion off the valuation of the company, the report said.
In the US, the Federal Trade Commission will examine whether the social networking site violated a 2011 agreement with the agency over data privacy, after reports that a firm called Global Science Research harvested information relating to 50 million Facebook profiles and provided the data to Cambridge Analytica.
Meanwhile, in the UK, MPs summoned Facebook's chief executive Mark Zuckerberg to give evidence to a select committee investigating fake news.
UK's Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham earlier said she would be applying to court for a warrant to search the offices of Cambridge Analytica the UK-based political consulting firm accused of using the data of 50 million Facebook members to influence the 2016 US presidential election.
Where do you go to resent against Facebook on social media? Twitter, of course. Like Acton, thousands descended on Twitter to support the #DeleteFacebook movement.
The Facebook privacy scandal and #deleteFacebook movement is another reminder that these platforms can disappear anytime. If you're an online marketer, the only medium that's secure and *yours* is your email list.— Sarah (@hitContinue) March 21, 2018
#DeleteFacebook I figured this out from day one that third parties use your data. One example is when an advert pops up and you like it.— Victoria Winters (@toriwinters93) March 21, 2018
1st step of #DeleteFacebook is done. I deleted the app from my phone and I'm not longer interrupted by useless notifications. Should've done this longer ago.— Dan Novac (@daninovac) March 21, 2018
(With inputs from PTI)