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WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton had a simple and short message in his tweet on March 21: “It’s time to delete Facebook.” It is very strange that Brian Acton, the co-founder WhatsApp, posted such message. He became a multi-billionaire when Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014, and now he tweeted these words “It is time” followed by the hashtag “#deletefacebook,” which has become very actual in recent days. Facebook’s stock price dropped 7 percent after reports from The New York Times and the Guardian last weekend found that Cambridge Analytica, a conservative political consultant agency, illegally accessed and stored Facebook data from millions of users. Cambridge Analytica has been linked to President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Brian Action also worked as an engineer and executive at Yahoo, and runs an app called Signal, which is an encrypted text messaging app that is concentrated on keeping users data secure and promoting social good. In fact, Acton has worked alongside Signal Founder Moxie Marlinspike to launch a nonprofit called the Signal Foundation, which hopes to inspire people to use technology for social good.
Brian gave up using WhatsApp from last year. He has been thinking how to best focus his future time and energy on building nonprofit technology for public good. We cannot correctly say what Acton means whether Acton is advising others to delete Facebook or just saying he plans to do so. There is no answer from him yet.
Here is his tweet:
In the continued fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook today said it’s taking new steps to tighten its control on how app developers can use the Facebook Platform. Venturebeat.com writes “All apps that were given large amounts of access to data before Facebook reduced data access in 2014, as well as those that have exhibited “suspicious behavior,” will be audited. Venturebeat has reached out to Facebook for more information about how the social media giant defines suspicious behavior and will update this story if we hear back. Also announced that app developers must get signed contract approval to access a user’s posts or private data”.
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