WhatsApp was founded in 2009 by two former Yahoo employees, Jan Koum and Brian Acton. It is a social platform that allows end-to-end messaging, voice messaging and voice and video calling. In 2014, WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook. The acquisition resulted in making both the founders billionaires.
After being acquired by Facebook, the two WhatsApp co-founders chose two different paths. Jan Koum decided to lead the company under Facebook’s label while Brian Acton left after few years to start his own organization, Signal Foundation that rivals WhatsApp and Facebook by offering a messaging app of its own.
Although the sale of WhatsApp to Facebook made Acton a very wealthy man, it seems like he is not a big fan of Facebook. On Tuesday, Acton told his followers on Twitter to delete Facebook. He wrote “It is time” followed by a #deletefacebook hashtag.
It is time. #deletefacebook
— Brian Acton (@brianacton) 20 March 2018
Acton’s tweet comes amidst of the investigations led by regulators into Facebook and Cambridge Analytica for potentially misusing users’ data to influence the 2016 U.S presidential election.
The Cambridge Analytica scandal has caused Facebook’s stock to fall by more than 7 percent.
Acton is not the only former Facebook exec to express unease about the company. Last year, Facebook’s former President, Sean Parker and former exec, Chamath Palihapitiya suggested that Facebook is messing with human brains and the society.
Sean Parker said that it is “exploiting vulnerability in human psychology” while Palihapitiya took the internet by storm after saying, “we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works”.
Two more former execs Justin Rosenstein, and Roger McNamee also regretted their experience at Facebook.
Facebook is undoubtedly going through tough times but still, the company is strong enough to swim through the situation. Although it is being bashed by former execs, its massive empire won’t be coming down that easily.