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WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton supports Delete Facebook movement after data harvesting scandal

Facebook is in deep waters following concerns over data privacy after revelations about Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of user data

T2 Online Newsdesk 21 March 2018, 8:23 PM
Brian Acton left Facebook in September last year

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.

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.

Global response:

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.

Social response:

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.

(With inputs from PTI)

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