It's time to delete Facebook, says WhatsApp co-founder

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After a major data scandal, more and more Facebook users decide to leave the social media platform. Following reports of the massive data theft from Facebook, Brian Acton, who quit WhatsApp early this year, took to Twitter to post his brief but clear message.

His tweet has been liked more than 8,000 times and retweeted 3,700 times but despite various Twitter users asking him to comment further, Acton has been silent.

He led the team of engineers that created WhatsApp after all.

He wrote: "It is time".

Facebook acquired WhatsApp, the messaging app that Acton cofounded, in February 2014 for $US19 billion - the largest deal in Facebook's history. The US Federal Trade Commission, a consumer and competition watchdog, is also investigating Facebook. Also, reports are coming that after the political data analysis company Cambridge Analytica accessed 50 million Facebook users' data without their permission and it gained controversies which are on another level for now. The company announced an initial $50 million investment from Acton, who claims the foundation's goal is to create "open source privacy technology that protects free expression and enables secure global communication". Cross-platform user info mining may be one of those returns, but Europe recently banned it, and Facebook itself is in trouble as one of Trump's campaign consulting firms fetched tens of millions of user profiles from it under false pretenses. "We take any allegations of violations of our consent decrees very seriously, as we did in 2012 in a privacy case involving Google", they added, as cited by Cnet. However, the firm was not authorised to have that information.

Mark Zuckerberg, the company's founder and chief executive, personally lost $9 billion in 48 hours after Cambridge Analytica's alleged involvement became public, according to CNBC.

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

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