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Co-Founder of Facebook-Owned WhatsApp Calls for Facebook Boycott

Co-Founder of Facebook-Owned WhatsApp Calls for Facebook Boycott Co-Founder of Facebook-Owned WhatsApp Calls for Facebook Boycott
Oscar Goodwin | 21 March, 2018, 08:19

WhatsApp's other co-founder Jan Koum continues to lead the company. The messaging app, one of the most popular apps in the world, allows users to place phone calls, and send and receive messages free over the internet. Interestingly, Acton's WhatsApp is now owned by Facebook.

On Monday, Facebook's shares fell 7 per cent after reports that British firm Cambridge Analytica, a consultant for now US President Donald Trump's Presidential campaign, used data, including user likes, inappropriately obtained from Facebook users to try and influence the elections held in November 2016.

Acton's tweet comes even as Facebook is in the eye of a storm after reports emerged that a political data analysis company Cambridge Analytica accessed 50 million Facebook users' data without their permission. The company is right now dealing with the Cambridge Analytica data scandal and now WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton has asked his Twitter followers to delete Facebook.

"It is time. #deletefacebook", Acton wrote.

It was unclear whether Acton's feelings about Facebook extend to his own app. Apparently, Facebook knew all about this data leak in 2015 but the public wasn't made aware of this news until this weekend. It also started in 2014, when an academic of Russian origin Aleksandr Kogan created a Facebook app which paid thousands of users to take a psychological test.

According to Sandy Parakilas, an ex-employee of Facebook who was the platform operations manager responsible for policing data breaches by third-party software developers between 2011 and 2012, he had previously warned senior executives that its "lax approach" towards protected data posed serious risks of data breach.

Facebook communications statement has been issued which says, "The claim that this is a data breach is completely false".

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