WhatsApp users WILL want to ditch Facebook after reading this tweet

March 21 (NT): Amid growing rumours over the big platform of social media Facebook's involvement in the alleged mistreatment with users' private data, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton took his official Twitter handle asking everyone to delete Facebook.

As Facebook struggles to grapple with one its largest data breaches, Facebook-owned WhatsApp's co-founder Brian Acton is asking people to delete Facebook.

WhatsApp was bought out by Mark Zuckerberg's company in 2014 for $16 billion and Acton is no longer with the messaging service firm.

It all started after it was learnt that political consultancy firm, Cambridge Analytica, may have improperly gained access to data on 50 million Facebook users.

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Many people have turned against Facebook after the recent revelation that data of 50M Facebook users was breached in the US Presidential Election, this data played an important role in the outcome of the election. Acton on Tuesday night tweeted, "It is time". The committee has now summoned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify.

The letter has come as the UK's Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said she would be applying to the court for a warrant to search the offices of the UK-based political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. But Acton also made a fortune off of the $19 million sale of WhatsApp to Zuckerberg in 2014, arguably adding to the platform's domination. The tweet was posted after he applied for a job at the social media giant but was not able to make into it. The company now faces the prospect of a congressional hearing, stock market plunge, and multiple investigations both in the USA and U.K. However, the last time we checked, Acton's Facebook profile was still there.

This comes as the Cambridge Analytica scandal gathers momentum and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been asked to testify in front of a United Kingdom parliamentary committee to address the allegations of data misuse. In case you're wondering, here's how you can get rid of your Facebook account permanently.

  • Ronnie Bowen