WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton wants users to delete Facebook. In a post on micro-blogging platform Twitter, Acton said: “It is time. #deletefacebook.”
Acton had co-founded WhatsApp with Jan Koum before selling it to Facebook in 2014. While Acton moved on from WhatsApp earlier this year to run his own foundation, Koum continues to be a part of the company.
The tweet follows a terribly torrid period for Facebook which saw its stock price plummet after revelations about how data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica had misused data of as 50 million users.
For the record, Cambridge Analytica played a key role in Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign.
It is time. #deletefacebook
— Brian Acton (@brianacton) March 20, 2018
Acton is not the first former Facebook executive to express misgivings about the company after parting ways with it. In the past few months, former executives of the company like Sean Parker and Chamath Palihapitiya have been extremely critical of the social media giant.
Last year, Chamath Palihapitiya, who used be Facebook’s head of growth, caused a firestorm after saying that the company had made tools “that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works.”
Napster founder Sean Parker, who was also one of the earliest employees of Facebook, also expressed concerns about the company.
“It literally changes your relationship with society, with each other. It probably interferes with productivity in weird ways. God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains,” Parker remarked at an event last year.