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Co-Founder Of Facebook-Owned Whatsapp Calls For Users To Delete Facebook
By Yoon Sann Wong, 21 Mar 2018
Image via ymgerman / Shutterstock.com
One of the world’s largest social media pioneers is facing what could possibly be the worst crisis in its history thus far.
Facebook is not only battling pressures from governing bodies and the public with regards to its privacy practices, but also tackling financial issues with a US$50 million loss in market value this week.
News about data firm Cambridge Analytica gathering information from 50 million Facebook users without their awareness has fueled the ‘Delete Facebook’ movement.
Whatsapp co-founder Brian Acton recently posted a tweet declaring, “It is time. #deletefacebook.”
It is time. #deletefacebook— Brian Acton (@brianacton) March 20, 2018
In 2014, Facebook acquired Whatsapp for US$19 billion. In September 2017, Acton left Facebook before publicizing his US$50 million investment in secure messaging app Signal—owned by Signal Foundation—where Acton currently serves as executive chairman.
Acton is not the only tech executive to call out the social network. On Tuesday, Roger McNamee—an early investor in Facebook and former mentor to CEO Mark Zuckerberg—revealed that the company has been aware of this “systematic issue” for at least one year.
In his interview with CNN, McNamee shared that when confronted about the problem in 2016, Zuckerberg and chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg responded that it was a public relations, rather than a business, problem. He further explained that the tech giant has come face-to-face with a catastrophe involving public trust that threatens to end the company permanently.
[via CNN, main image via ymgerman / Shutterstock.com]
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