It is time to say goodbye to Facebook: WhatsApp co-founder

"It is time. #deletefacebook", tweeted Acton.

GK Web Desk
Srinagar, Publish Date: Mar 21 2018 12:19PM | Updated Date: Mar 21 2018 12:24PM
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WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton on Wednesday in his message on social networking website Twitter said “it is time to delete Facebook".

"It is time. #deletefacebook", tweeted Acton.

Acton's tweet comes even as Facebook is in the eye of a storm after reports emerged that a political data analysis company Cambridge Analytica accessed 50 million Facebook users' data without their permission, mentioned a report in the Times of India.

Incidentally, Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014, for $19 billion. Acton continued to be associated with Facebook after the sale, but quit earlier this year to start another company Signal Foundation, said the report.

On Monday, Facebook's shares fell 7 per cent after reports that British firm Cambridge Analytica, a consultant for now US President Donald Trump's Presidential campaign, used data, including user likes, inappropriately obtained from Facebook users to try and influence the elections held in November 2016, mentioned the report.

A Facebook statement said the forensics firm Stroz Friedberg would "conduct a comprehensive audit of Cambridge Analytica," and that the company had agreed to comply and provide access to its servers and systems, said the report.

Facebook said University of Cambridge psychologist Aleksandr Kogan, who developed the app used to harvest user data, also agreed to cooperate, said the report.

It added that Christopher Wylie, a Canadian data analytics expert who worked with Kogan and who revealed the data leak to media, had declined to cooperate with the audit, said the report.

 

 

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