WhatsApp co-founder tells everyone to delete Facebook

Michael Evangelou accidentally sent a message to Lina Dahlbeck in September and that mistake changed their lives forever. Source EPA via AAP

Michael Evangelou accidentally sent a message to Lina Dahlbeck in September and that mistake changed their lives forever. Source EPA via AAP

The messaging app, one of the most popular apps in the world, allows users to place phone calls, and send and receive messages free over the internet.

Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion in February 2014.

One notable thing about its co-founders is that while Jan Koum continues to lead the company, Brian Acton left the company earlier this year to start his own non-profit foundation.

"It is time. #deletefacebook", he wrote on the social media platform. "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.

The current data leak controversy where Cambridge Analytica misused user data taken from Facebook via a third party which was supposed to use this data for research purposes, has definitely taken a toll on Facebook both in financial as well as legal terms.

Facebook has come under fire this week after reports emerged that political data analytics company Cambridge Analytica accessed the data of over 50 million users of the social media network without their permission. Mark Zuckerberg has somehow said nothing while Facebook stock plummeted, Parliament summoned him for re-upped testimony over data breaches, and an aggressive #DeleteFacebook campaign has been gaining momentum. WhatsApp co-founder is the latest voice to be in support of this hashtag. "It is now time to hear from a senior Facebook executive with the sufficient authority to give an accurate account of this catastrophic failure of process". Interestingly Facebook also suspended the account of the whistleblower Christopher Wylie, who revealed key details and documents about the whole exercise.

Latest News