WhatsApp co-founder starts ‘Delete Facebook’ Movement via Twitter
Facebook endures a crisis of trust ever since it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica, a consulting firm with ties to President Trump’s 2016 election campaign, acquired data from 50 million Facebook users for political purposes via survey:
Now, the company is taking a rough financial hit with loses around $50 billion on market value only last week.
That’s basically the reason why “delete Facebook” movement was created
Last March 20th, Brian Acton, WhatsApp co-founder, joined to the chorus of voices via twitter by encouraging people to “delete Facebook”:
The pages of both SpaceX and Tesla are now inactive. Each had around 2.6 million followers.
Does Acton know something that we don’t?
Back in 2014, Facebook bought Acton’s company, WhatsApp, for a total of $19 billion dollars. Earlier this year, Acton left the company to start his own foundation, named Signal. In fact, Brian Acton is not the last former Facebook executive to express his concern about the company after quit.
According Roger MacNamee, Former mentor of Mark Zuckerberg,
“The social network is facing a crisis of public trust that is going to destroy the company”.
Facebook data exploitation business
While deleting Facebook may not be a viable option for many of us, those who want to keep their data private would need to delete Facebook Apps, including WhatsApp and Instagram. If you ask me, I would say Facebook is so big that even their founders are having a really rough time controlling all their users information. Plus, one of the main methods Facebook makes money is data exploitation: it harvests users data and sells it to advertisers and app developers.
Facebook is a big company, I don’t think this would destroy it any soon, but in a long-term, it could be the first stone to kill the biggest social network online. Perhaps Telegram is a good alternative for the ones who need WhatsApp.
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