its co-founders — Jan Koum and Brian Acton — very wealthy men. Koum continues
to lead the company, but Acton quit earlier this year to start his own
foundation. And he isn’t done merely with WhatsApp — in a post on Twitter
today, Acton told his followers to delete Facebook.
on Wednesday, Acton joined the chorus of voices calling on people to delete the
social network. His advice to users to stop using the service is notable
because WhatsApp is owned by Facebook.
Facebook” movement is growing due in part to a massive data scraping
scandal in which data firm Cambridge Analytica harvested information on 50
million Facebook users without their knowledge.
in September of last year, and recently announced
a $50 million investment in secure messaging app Signal and joined the
the United States and the United Kingdom over its data privacy practices. The
company is taking a financial hit, too—Facebook lost
$50 billion in market value this week.
want to detach themselves from the Facebook platform would need to
delete apps Facebook owns, too, which include WhatsApp and Instagram.