WhatsApp co-founder starts #DeleteFacebook campaign after data privacy scandal

WhatsApp co-founder starts #DeleteFacebook campaign after data privacy scandal

After making billions of dollars from selling his messaging service to Facebook, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton says the time has come to move on from the world's most popular social networking service. In a tweet on Tuesday, even WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton told everyone to delete their social networking account from their digital life. He also appears to have an interest in expensive sportscars, as the only Facebook groups he's a public member of are "Air Cooled Porsche 911 and 912" and two other auto groups.

The same day, the data analytics firm was embroiled in further scandal after an exposé was aired by United Kingdom broadcaster Channel 4 showing Cambridge Analytica executives, including its CEO Alexander Nix, speaking to an undercover reporter about how it had helped to elect U.S. President Donald Trump in 2016. Within hours, many took to Twitter to urge Facebook users to abandon the website, just as they did years ago with MySpace.

Most recently, Acton tweets "It is time". The data was reportedly used by the political data analytics firm to push out targeted ads for Trump. It was sold to Facebook back in 2014 for approximately $22 billion in cash and shares. Also, the Signal Foundation will focus on communications privacy, he said. The committee has now summoned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify.

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The giant of social media network's shares fell for a second day on Tuesday, closing down 2.5 percent, as investors concerned that its dealings with the firm might smash up its reputation, put off advertisers and invite restrictive regulation. However, Facebook has been summoned by federal agencies from both the U.S. and the United Kingdom for an explanation to the whole episode.

Neither Mark Zuckerberg nor the chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, has made any public statement about the scandal, attracting further criticism over a lack of leadership. "Given your commitment at the start of the New Year to fixing Facebook, I hope that this representative will be you".