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WhatsApp co-founder wants you to delete your Facebook account

WhatsApp co-founder wants you to delete your Facebook account

During a talk at Standford University this week, Whatsapp co-founder Brian Acton urged students to do away with their Facebook profiles.

He appeared during an undergraduate course called Computer Science 181 with former Facebook employee and founder of She++, Ellora Israni, according to a report by BuzzFeed.

During the class, Acton discussed his departure from Whatsapp, selling the company to Facebook, and gave his thoughts on the company prioritising monetisation over user privacy.

“These companies are not equipped to make these decisions, and we give them the power," Acton said during the talk.

"That’s the bad part. We buy their products. We sign up for these websites. Delete Facebook, right?”

Data scandals

Acton has been very vocal about Facebook since his departure in 2017. It’s not the first time he’s asked people to delete their Facebook accounts; he also advised it in 2018 during the  Cambridge Analytica scandal.


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