Earlier in 2014, Facebook has purchased WhatsApp for $16 billion and made its co-founders, Jan Koum and Brian Acton a very wealthy men. Koum is still leading the company and provides valuable suggestions in the company matters and the another founder quit the job to start his own foundation. Brian Acton recently posted a tweet, mentioning that his followers should delete the Facebook application.
Acton wrote, “It is time,” by adding the hashtag #deletefacebook. The worth of Brian Acton is estimated upto $6.5 billion, did’nt immediately respond to a request for comment. According to the sources, WhatsApp declined to comment. It’s hard to talk about the intentions and feelings of Acton about Facebook. Previously, Acton invested $50 million into Signal, an independent alternative to WhatsApp.
Acton is not the first former Facebook executive to mention unease about the company after quitting it. Previously in last year, former head of growth Chamath Palihapitiya caused a firestorm after quoting “we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works.” Other former executives who expressed regrets includes Sean Parker, Justin Rosenstein, and investor Roger McNamee.
According to a report by BBC News, Facebook came under fire this week after reports has appear that political data analytics company, Cambridge Analytica accessed the data of over 50 million users of the social media network without their permission. As the time flows, WhatsApp has increasingly grown its interdependence on Facebook infrastructure with a plan for deeper integration about sharing data with the parent company. The data sharing has raised eyebrows in past with agencies focusing on privacy and even governments investigating the policy.