Even the founder of WhatsApp thinks you should delete Facebook

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Facebook has been under the scanner over the past week after it came to light that Cambridge Analytica, a political data analytics company accessed data of over 50 million users of the social media platform without their permission.

One surprising voice to emerge was that of Brian Acton, the co-founder of WhatsApp, which was bought by Facebook for $19bn in 2014.

In a tweet, Acton said that "it is time", adding the hashtag #deletefacebook.

Acton did not follow up to his tweet, which sends a mixed message about parent company Facebook (surely Mark Zuckerburg can't be happy about the message).

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Incidentally, Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014, for $19 billion.

Acton's remark comes in the wake of increasing public outrage from users around the world over the misuse of private data of as many as 50 million Facebook users by British firm Cambridge Analytica.

Definitely a weird tweet from Acton-let's see what he has to say next about his tweet, and whether it was actually him sending the message or a "hacker".

It was unclear whether Acton's feelings about Facebook extend to his own app.

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Meanwhile, The Guardian quotes a Facebook spokeswoman saying, "Mark, Sheryl and their teams are working around the clock to get all the facts and take the appropriate action moving forward, because they understand the seriousness of this issue".

They did this by creating a quiz that was taken by 270,000 Facebook users. Kogan violated the Facebook policy by selling the data as the app was not allowed to use the data for commercial purposes. Then Kogan sold the same data to a company called Cambridge Analytica, which a voter profiling company in US.

He further claimed that Facebook felt like it was better not to know what happened with the data as it was in a stronger legal position if it didn't know about the abuse that was happening.

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