Co-Founder of Facebook-Owned WhatsApp Calls for Facebook Boycott

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Facebook is facing serious questions after it was revealed that a firm a political data firm Cambridge Analytica, illegally harvested over 50 million user profiles to help manipulate election campaigns for the Trump camp as well as the pro-Brexit camp.

According to The Verge, Brian Acton has taken to his Twitter account and is urging his followers that it's high time that they deleted their Facebook account. WhatsApp's other co-founder Jan Koum continues to lead the company. A Facebook statement said the forensics firm Stroz Friedberg would "conduct a comprehensive audit of Cambridge Analytica", and that the company had agreed to comply and provide access to its servers and systems. Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014 for almost $19 billion. Five years later, Facebook acquired WhatsApp, a popular messaging app, for $19 billion.

"It's time", Acton wrote in a tweet on Tuesday, which included the hashtag #DeleteFacebook. Koum remains with the company, but Acton left WhatsApp in 2017 to start his own nonprofit foundation "focused at the intersection of nonprofit, technology and communications". WhatsApp declined to comment.

The news which broke over the weekend has now grown into a full blown crisis with lawmakers in the US, UK and Europe demanding answers from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. This is not the first time that a former Facebook executive has showed discomfort after leaving the company.

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In fact, the WhatsApp co-founder is not the only talking about #DeleteFacebook.

While there is a huge debate going over this, there were many users who also pitched an idea to ditch all social media platforms owned by Facebook.

Earlier on Tuesday, the NY and MA attorney generals announced an investigation into Facbook over the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

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