WhatsApp co-founder wants you to delete your Facebook account

Get ready to start seeing more local ads on YouTube

San Francisco: Brian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp, late on Tuesday asked users to "delete" the social media platform, Facebook, amid alleged data leakage of its users for political purposes. He also appears to have an interest in expensive sportscars, as the only Facebook groups he's a public member of are "Air Cooled Porsche 911 and 912" and two other vehicle groups.

While Jan Koum continues to lead the WhatsApp, Brian Acton left the company earlier this year so as to introduce his business. Allegedly, the analytics company was also involved in helping US President Donald Trump to target voters on Facebook during Presidential Election 2016.

The tweet follows a data privacy scandal involving Facebook and Trump-linked data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica, in which the firm harvested and misused data on 50 million Facebook users. His app, "thisisyourdigitallife", offered a personality prediction, and billed itself on Facebook as "a research app used by psychologists".

He tweeted: "It is time #deletefacebook", and the hashtag has since gone viral, with millions of people voicing concern about Facebook's connections to Cambridge Analytica.

The data was accessed by Cambridge Analytica from the creator of a quiz taken by 270,000 Facebook users. Acton carried on working for the messaging app until last September, when he announced he was leaving to set up a foundation.

Defamation case against Trump to move forward
Maria Glover, a law professor at Georgetown University, said that the decision will nearly certainly go to appeal. If the suit moves to trial, Trump's attorneys would need to prove that his comments didn't amount to defamation.

Indian Wells: Federer loses to Juan Martin Del Porto
He has managed to return to the top ten after both layoffs, but the impact of such injuries is deeper than just the time missed. Photo Roger Federer , who has returned to No. 1 at age 36, won his first 17 matches of 2018 and claimed two tournament titles.

One person dead after California mall shooting
Authorities have released the names of the woman and the ex-husband who shot her to death at a busy Southern California mall. The shooting prompted shoppers to scurry into stores and out exit doors and an hour-long lockdown.

Facebook is going through a tough time, with one after another controversy hitting the social media giant, hard.

The co-founder of WhatsApp has launched a campaign urging internet users to stop using Facebook because of the growing Cambridge Analytics scandal.

Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $US19 billion in February 2014. The US Federal Trade Commission, a consumer and competition watchdog, is also investigating Facebook.

But Facebook noted that some data such as posts on friends' timelines might remain in the system even after an account is deleted.

Facebook's stock has slid 10% since the news surfaced and the deletefacebook hashtag has been trending among some users, upset about the privacy violation.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Avengers: Infinity War Will Be the Longest Marvel Film
Russo also mentions that Thor has "a really interesting arc" and a very significant role to play in the events of the movie. Avengers: Infinity War is scheduled to have its world premiere on April 23 and will be shown in Singapore on April 25.

Politicians set off tear gas in Kosovan parliament over border dispute
But a parliament majority can't be secured unless enough votes are gathered from the opposition ranks. She said she contacted the opposition leader and called on all lawmakers to end such practices.

Stephen Curry targeting return on Friday
Curry, who has missed the Warriors' last six games after tweaking his right ankle, will have that ankle re-evaluated on Tuesday. With playoff season approaching, the Warriors will lean on a healthy Curry to attempt a third title in four years.

Toyota halts driverless trials after fatal Uber crash
According to police, 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg attempted to cross Mill Avenue just south of Curry Road when she was struck. In a statement, Tempe mayor Mark Mitchell said the crash was "tragic" and the community grieves for Herzberg.

US Supreme Court Questions Women Access to Abortion Information
Their petition supports NIFLA's side of the story that California's FACT Act violates the First-Amendment right to free speech. Accordingly, the California law forces the centers to do much more than promote the availability of state-subsidized abortions.

Sensex pares losses, rises over 100 points ahead of US Fed meet
Equity markets in Tuesday's early trade got off to a choppy start as Sensex dipped nearly 100 points before paring the losses. A total of eight stocks registered a fresh 52-week high in trade today, while 24 stocks touched a new 52-week low on the NSE.

Rwanda: AU Summit - Heads of State Begin to Arrive
African nations must realize that what they achieve through the AfCFTA depends on them. "I find it criminal", Obasanjo said. He said AfCFTA would benefit all the smaller countries in Africa looking for markets for their products.

Small City Moves To Opt Out Of California Sanctuary Law
Though California is deep blue overall, there remain many pockets that support Trump and his hard-line stance on illegal immigration.

Pennsylvania Republicans lose challenge to redrawn congressional map
The Supreme Court announced, "the application for stay presented to Justice Alito and by him referred to the Court is denied". Meanwhile, Pennsylvania congressional candidates have begun campaigning as if the new map will remain in place.

President Trump vs. Venezuela's Petro - New Sanctions Signed Against Controversial Coin
The order accuses Venezuela of trying to side-step previously imposed sanctions against it. In addition, the order bars American citizens from doing business with the country.

NFL Draft: What picks do the Jets have left?
Five years ago, it cost Miami only an additional second-round pick to elevate in a swap of first-round picks from No. 12 to No. 3. He became a starter for the Titans early in his rookie season and was a consistent playmaker during his four years with the team.

This mall chain is the latest to file for bankruptcy protection
The company accrued the almost $2 billion debt after Apollo Global Management LLC purchased it for $3.1 billion in 2007. The company comprises 7,500 stores, concession locations, and franchise stores under the Claire's and Icing brands.

Officials Wanted Parkland Shooting Suspect 'Forcibly Committed' In 2016
The sheriff's deputy at the school, Scot Peterson , told a clinician that he wanted to initiate a Baker Act request against Mr. The FBI is taking the blame for not acting on the situation regarding Nikolas Cruz .

Bansky's latest NYC mural protests artist's imprisonment
She shared her picture on social media, for which she was then arrested and sentenced to almost three years in prison. Bansky told the New York Times of the piece in a statement of his motivation for the work: "I really feel for her".

Snow and ice cause weather warnings and closures for Andover
The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government said all relevant agencies had severe weather emergency plans in place. Met Office meteorologist Mark Wilson said: "The best way to describe this is as a real return to wintry conditions".

Other news