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The co-founder of Whatsapp wants us to delete Facebook

The co-founder of Whatsapp wants us to delete Facebook

WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook in 2014.

The hashtag formed amidst claims that Facebook allowed data analytics company Cambridge Analytica to collect data from Facebook users' profiles. It happened ever since Facebook ventured into and misused the private information of about more ten million of its users. Facebook purchased the app in 2014 in a deal of cash and stock worth $19 billion, Facebook's largest acquisition.

Acton now acts as the head for Signal Foundation. "It is time. #deletefacebook", CNN quoted Acton as saying. Cambridge Analytica has also been a major player in the Donald Trump campaign past year. Signal can be considered to be the competitor of WhatsApp, which ensures more security to its users. California-based startup Browserling was almost killed earlier this year as traffic from JioPhone users increased manifolds suddenly as they discovered the Browserling app could be used to operate WhatsApp on the 4G feature phone.

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He has also invested $50 million into a new messaging app Signal, which is independently owned, in a bid to increase privacy and encrypted messaging. Acton paid $50million for the start-up of the project.

"It is time. #deletefacebook", he tweeted. The Freedom of the Press Foundation was previously funding Signal. He further added, "The addition of Brian brings an incredibly talented engineer and visionary with decades of experience building successful products to our team". All this while, JioPhone that runs on KaiOS did not support WhatsApp. Notably, KaiOS Technologies had mentioned in February 2018 that it has partnered with many technology giants, including Twitter, Facebook and Google. Ever since 2010, he hasn't been very much active on Twitter like that of other personalities.

This seemed to be the starting point for people to begin expressing their desire to leave Facebook, with blink-182's Mark Hoppus amassing over 6,000 likes in 24 hours for simply tweeting the words "Delete Facebook".


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