Published: Wed, March 21, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Wayne Curry

WhatsApp co-founder tells everyone to delete Facebook

WhatsApp co-founder tells everyone to delete Facebook

Cambridge Analytica accessed the private data of 50 million Facebook users without their permission.

Facebook is facing the heat after Cambridge Analytica, a British consulting company, was accused of harvesting data of up to 50 million Facebook users without permission and using the data to help politicians, including U.S. president Donald Trump and the Brexit campaign. WhatsApp's other co-founder Jan Koum continues to lead the company.

Acton, who is worth $6.5 billion, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Facebook knew about the data leak back in 2015, but the public only learned after reports in the New York Times and Observer over the weekend. Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014 for almost $19 billion. Earlier this afternoon he tweeted: "It is time". WhatsApp declined to comment. In the United Kingdom, where it has been shown that Cambridge Analytica helped the Pro-Brexit campaign, there are calls for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to come testify before them.

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In fact, the WhatsApp co-founder is not the only talking about #DeleteFacebook.

Earlier on Tuesday, the NY and MA attorney generals announced an investigation into Facbook over the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Facebook is being accused of not protecting the privacy of its users.

He isn't the first former exec to criticize the company, but he's one of the most high profile to do so, which will no doubt be embarrassing for Facebook, which is facing numerous investigations, a tumbling stock price, and questions about its current leadership (or lack thereof). Interestingly Facebook also suspended the account of the whistleblower Christopher Wylie, who revealed key details and documents about the whole exercise.

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