Published: Wed, March 21, 2018
Tech | By Amelia Peters

WhatsApp Co-Founder Brian Acton Joins The "Delete Facebook" Movement

WhatsApp Co-Founder Brian Acton Joins The

In 2014, Facebook bought WhatsApp for $16 billion, making its co-founders - Jan Koum and Brian Acton - very wealthy men.

"It's time", Acton wrote in a tweet on Tuesday, which included the hashtag #DeleteFacebook.

Acton did not follow up to his tweet, which sends a mixed message about parent company Facebook (surely Mark Zuckerburg can't be happy about the message).

Definitely a weird tweet from Acton-let's see what he has to say next about his tweet, and whether it was actually him sending the message or a "hacker".

Cambridge Analytica is largely funded by Donald Trump supporter Robert Mercer, who donated mney for his election campaign.

Facebook knew about this data leak back in 2015, but didn't make the information public. "Consumers have a right to know how their information is used - and companies like Facebook have a fundamental responsibility to protect their users' personal information", wrote NY attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman. While Facebook has itself said there was no data breach, considering that users had authorised the app to access the data, it has also come under server criticism over how it handled the whole affair.

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They did this by creating a quiz that was taken by 270,000 Facebook users.

The "Delete Facebook" train just got another passenger.

Facebook said University of Cambridge psychologist Aleksandr Kogan, who developed the app used to harvest user data, also agreed to cooperate. Kogan violated the Facebook policy by selling the data as the app was not allowed to use the data for commercial purposes.

He says that Facebook has absolutely no control over the data once it left Facebook's servers and there was no insight into what was going on.

"The claim that this is a data breach is completely false".

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