WhatsApp co-founder urges to delete Facebook

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Founded by Jan Koum and Brian Acton, the two co-founders found themselves in very different places after Facebook bought the encrypted messaging service in 2014.

Even, the Company Facebook announced that they hired a digital forensics firm to investigate the data leak.

WhatsApp, as you know, is owned by Facebook.

The #DeleteFacebook hashtag began gaining traction around the same time that the Cambridge Analytica allegations first surfaced.

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Acton called on people to delete Facebook, saying, "It is time".

The #DeleteFacebook has been trending on social media over the course of the last few days.

A WhatsApp co-founder has urged users to "delete" Facebook amid a massive data harvesting scandal in which information of 50 million people was leaked allegedly to influence the 2016 United States presidential election. "Our plan is to pioneer a new model of technology nonprofit focused on privacy and data protection for everyone, everywhere". "Facebook turned me down", Acton said in that message. It was a great opportunity to connect with some fantastic people. Mark Zuckerberg, Founder of Facebook and Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, have yet to make a statement around these claims both publically and internally.

The Michigan-based software developer recently made the news for investing $50 million of his own money into SIgnal, the encrypted chat app which technology is also used in WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and other apps that offer end-to-end encryption.

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Meanwhile, Cambridge Analytica themselves have suspender their chief executive Alexander Nix, after recordings were found of him making a series of boasts that the data firm had been instrumental in the election of Donald Trump in 2016.

The social media giant admitted that an estimated 2,70,000 people had downloaded the app and shared their personal information with it.

It's clear, especially in light of the Cambridge Analytica controversy, that this is a very different organisation to Facebook.

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