The year 2014 was indeed an exceptional year for the WhatsApp co-founders as the company was proposed a whopping $16 billion price in an exchange for its ownership to be given to the giant social media site, Facebook. Well, the news was nothing great for a common user like me and you but it did make the WhatsApp’s then owners one of the richest personalities in the world by acquiring the deal. That time Facebook became the angle for WhatsApp but who could have thought that a governing authority from the latter would tweet someday against the former?
As a step forward to #DeleteFacebook trend, one of the WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton has tweeted against the social media giant and urged the users to delete their Facebook accounts. It all started after the users came to know that their private data was used without their permission in order to influence their decision in the 2016 presidential election. Although there was not even a single clue of any such incidence happening under users’ nose it did influence the users to vote in the favor of Trump. Knowing the fact that the advertisements and other related campaigns were customized to suit users’ interest by getting the data from Facebook, the users are now furious for all the good reasons.
It is time. #deletefacebook— Brian Acton (@brianacton) March 20, 2018
However, Brian Acton had quit the company earlier this year but another co-founder, Jan Koum continues to lead the company. However, there was no official update on the news from the social media giant. Acton is not the only one who has expressed such a feeling about Facebook. The former head of growth Chamath Palihapitiya, last year caused a firestorm after quoting “we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works.”
There are a number of other former Facebook employees too who have expressed regrets about the company having similar or other such concerns. In the past, a well-known Facebook personality Sriram Krishnan who was also considered one of the leading minds at Facebook was stolen by Twitter to be appointed as senior product director. There had been other such cases when the professionals from social media giant left the company in distress.