As Facebook is facing scrutiny over how a British firm, Cambridge Analytica illegally harvested user profiles WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton has tweeted saying it is time to Delete Facebook.
Acton and Jan Koum founded WhatsApp together. While Koum is the current CEO of the messaging app, Acton left the company earlier this year. Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014 for nearly $19 billion. Acton’s tweet of #DeleteFacebook does not come at a good time for the company, and will further raise questions about the social network and its policies.
While WhatsApp has not commented on the issue, the debate around data privacy and policies on the social network will continue. In the United Kingdom, where it has been shown that Cambridge Analytica helped the Pro-Brexit campaign, there are calls for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to come testify before them.
It is time. #deletefacebook
— Brian Acton (@brianacton) March 20, 2018
According to an Associated Press report, the chairman of the UK parliamentary media committee, Damian Collins, said Facebook officials “have been misleading to the committee.” The committee has now summoned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify. “It is now time to hear from a senior Facebook executive with the sufficient authority to give an accurate account of this catastrophic failure of process. Given your commitment at the start of the New Year to ‘fixing’ Facebook, I hope that this representative will be you,” Collins wrote to Zuckerberg according to the news report.
Amid the controversy, The Chief Information Security Officer of Facebook Alex Stamos is planning to leave Facebook by August reported the New York Times.
Responding to the report on Monday, Stamos in a tweet said that he is still fully engaged with his work at Facebook, while avoiding divulging details about whether he intended to leave Facebook or not.