Time to Delete Facebook, says WhatsApp Co-Founder, Brian Acton

Despite never meeting the two chatted for most of the day before arranging to meet for a drink later that night

"It is time. #deletefacebook", he wrote on the social media platform. This outlined how users would "receive notification of and agree to Facebook sharing their data with outside firms".

But Acton's WhatsApp co-founder, Jan Koum, seems to have no qualms using his Facebook account.

The co-founder of WhatsApp, who made billions from its sale to Facebook, has thrown his support behind a campaign against the USA social network.

Acton left WhatsApp and Facebook a year ago, having sold the messenger app to Mark Zuckerberg for $19 billion in 2014.

Facebook's stock has slid 10% since the news surfaced and the deletefacebook hashtag has been trending among some users, upset about the privacy violation. Earlier this year Acton quit WhatsApp to start his own foundation and has invested $50 million into the messaging app Signal.

Interestingly, Mark Zuckerberg was expected in the recent Facebook employees' all hands meetings but he avoided that opportunity to discuss the implications and details of the breach.

Facebook has faced controversies in the past-fake news, the mood manipulation experiment, violence on its Live streaming feature-but they haven't put a real dent in the social network's business.

His message came after the concerns were flagged on data privacy in the wake of eye-opener-exposure about Cambridge Analytica's alleged misuse of user data. The company made use of this data to build a social media strategy in order to assist Donald Trump's campaign for president. Meanwhile, lawmakers from the United States and the United Kingdom have called for action following the reports of the data leak of the Facebook users.

The US Congress has called on Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, to testify before it.

But Facebook noted that some data such as posts on friends' timelines might remain in the system even after an account is deleted.

The Cambridge Analytics scandal may have severe repercussions for the future of Facebook.

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