New York, March 21: Amid rising speculations of social media giant Facebook's involvement in the alleged misuse of users' private data, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton took to Twitter asking everyone to delete Facebook. Acton, whose product was bought by Facebook in 2014 for a whopping USD 16 billion, took to the microblogging platform and said "It is time. #deletefacebook" after concerns were flagged on data privacy in the wake of revelations about Cambridge Analytica's alleged misuse of user data.
It is time. #deletefacebook
— Brian Acton (@brianacton) March 20, 2018
The rise of false news and the disclosure recently that scores of Facebook user profiles had been harvested by Cambridge Analytica, a voter-profiling company that worked on United States President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign, are key issues which have emerged. This has resulted in a significant plunge in the company's shares over the last five days. Meanwhile, Cambridge Analytica on Tuesday suspended its chief executive, Alexander Nix, amid a furor over the access it gained to private information on more than 50 million Facebook users.