Acton, whose much-acclaimed product was purchased by Facebook in 2014 for a whopping Dollars 16 billion, took to the microblogging platform Twitter and said “It is time”.
The twitter hashtag #deletefacebook had been trending when the pandora box related to Facebook users’ data breach opened.
Notably, Acton and his co-founder Jan Koum had sold WhatsApp to Facebook for a whopping $19 billion in 2014. While Koum is the current CEO of the messaging app, Acton left the company earlier this year.
Last month Marlinspike announced the creation of the Signal Foundation, a new nonprofit funded by Acton, who has put $50 million into the project as a starter. Last fall, former Facebook’s former head of user growth Chamath Palihapitiya said Facebook is ripping apart the social fabric of society, while former president Sean Parker questioned Facebook’s effect on children’s brains. The tweet was posted after he applied for a job at the social media giant but was not able to make into it.
Other data could be about interests gleaned from publicly “liking” content, while Facebook also knows where users log on to its site from, the device they use, and which ads they click on.
Tech drama may not be the most entertaining drama, but it sure does entertain, and the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica fallout isn’t even close to finished.
Facebook is being accused of not protecting the privacy of its users.
Having said that, Acton isn’t the only former executive to criticize Facebook.
British lawmakers have also summoned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to give oral evidence after “misleading to the Committee” occurred at a previous hearing. The tweet came five days after Facebook witnessed a decline in shares due to the data privacy revelations by Cambridge Analytica. According to a Guardian report, Cambridge Analytica, firm that worked with Trump’s election team acquired the personal details of Facebook users through a quiz to build a detailed profile of people. “New Yorkers deserve answers, and if any company or individual violated the law, we will hold them accountable”.