WhatsApp co-founder wants everyone to delete Facebook, here's why

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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 USA president Donald Trump and the Brexit campaign. Now, a real gut punch to The Zuck has arrived from messaging platform Whatsapp co-founder Brian Acton, who has now urged his Twitter followers to join the movement. Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook empire is now suffering after news broke out in the media that the privately held company have acquired private user data of 50 million users on Facebook through series of leaks.

Facebook said it knew about the leak since 2015, but the incident only became public last weekend after reports by the New York Times and Guardian. Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014 for almost $19 billion.

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"It is time.#deletefacebook" Acton said without elaborating any specific reason. Facebook purchased the app in 2014 in a deal of cash and stock worth $19 billion, Facebook's largest acquisition.

While WhatsApp has not commented on the issue, the debate around data privacy and policies on the social network will continue. The committee has a now summoned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify.

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As pointed out by the report, Acton is not the first "former Facebook executive" to express concern, displeasure or discomfort about the company after leaving the place. WhatsApp co-founder is the latest voice to be in support of this hashtag. His app, "thisisyourdigitallife", offered a personality prediction, and billed itself on Facebook as "a research app used by psychologists". After learning this, Facebook suspended Cambridge Analytica and Kogan but it also came under scanner and started receiving criticism from various sectors.

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