The tweet comes at a time when Facebook is facing criticism from across the globe over its involvement in Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of user data.
WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton on Tuesday posted a tweet asking people to delete Facebook. The tweet appeared in the twitter account of Acton, who had earlier sold the popular messaging service to Facebook back in 2014.
“It is time,” tweeted Acton along with the hashtag ‘#deletefacebook’ on his account on Tuesday. While no comment has come up from Acton regarding the tweet, some indicate that he may be planning to take on Facebook.
Acton, who as per the Forbes, has a real time net worth of $ 5.5 billion had last month made news by investing $ 50 million in to “Signal,’ widely expected to be an independent alternative for the Facebook controlled WhatsApp.
It is time. #deletefacebook— Brian Acton (@brianacton) March 20, 2018
Acton, along with his partner Jan Koum had remained in the top of WhatsApp till a few months back after selling it to Facebook back in 2014 for $ 19 billion. However he later left the company and along with Moxie Marlinspike founded the ‘Signal Foundation’ last month.
With an aim “to develop open source privacy technology that protects free expression and enables secure global communication” the foundation is expected to develop its messaging app as an alternative to existing apps.
It is not uncommon for former employees to speak up against Facebook. Earlier former head of growth Chamath Palihapitiya had attacked the social networking giant saying that it was ripping apart the fabric of society. Similar outbursts have come from others including Sean Parker, Justin Rosenstein etc.
However what makes Acton’s tweet more effective is its timing. The tweet comes at a time when Facebook is facing criticism from across the globe over its involvement in Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of user data. Questions have been raised about the security of personal data in the site and Mark Zuckerberg himself has been summoned by a parliamentary committee under UK’s House of Commons.