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In a scathing tweet, Acton has asked his followers to uninstall and delete Facebook – “It is time. #deletefacebook,” he wrote. (Source: Reuters)
Facebook bought WhatsApp back in 2014 to curb the growing menace of the latter with its popularity. WhatsApp was founded back in 2009 with the creators having a little idea of the enormous acceptance it will attain over time that today it’s the most popular messaging app in the world. Although Facebook tried to take on WhatsApp with its Facebook Messenger app, it was still one pedestal down from where WhatsApp was standing.
After the acquisition, WhatsApp co-founders – Jan Koum and Brian Acton – joined Facebook and became wealthy while playing bigger roles in further developing WhatsApp under Facebook. However, the duo had a fallout and Brian Acton moved on to form his new non-profit foundation. He now seemingly is still holding some feelings against Facebook, as in a Twitter post, Acton asked people to ‘delete’ Facebook.
Consequently, Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014 from the co-founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton, who became uber-rich while playing bigger roles in further developing WhatsApp under Facebook.
In a scathing tweet, Acton has asked his followers to uninstall and delete Facebook – “It is time. #deletefacebook,” he wrote. The tweet by Acton, however, doesn’t specify the reason. Moreover, since WhatsApp is now owned by Facebook, it is also uncertain if his thoughts about Facebook extend to his own app. It is speculated to follow the turmoil Facebook is facing currently regarding the data misuse by Cambridge Analytica, which is alleged to have stolen data of 50 million Facebook users to influence the US Presidential Elections held in 2016.
Acton last month made an investment of $50 million in Signal, a rival standalone messaging app. He has also worked in major tech companies including Apple and Yahoo previously. Facebook has recently faced flak over its user data policies, which have more to do with the WhatsApp’s data sharing plans with the parent company.

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