By Katherine Marajas
Brian Acton, WhatsApp cofounder, told his followers to delete Facebook.
“It is time,” Acton wrote in a tweet on Tuesday, adding the hashtag #deletefacebook.
It is time. #deletefacebook
— Brian Acton (@brianacton) March 20, 2018
Acton left the company in 2017, three years after Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion in 2014.
The #deleteFacebook movement got tangled when reports in The New York Times and The Guardian unveiled that Cambridge Analytica, a London-based data mining and analytics firm, misused user data from as many as 50 million Facebook users.
The social network is currently losing money on a trade and lost $50 billion in market value this week.
Facebook is facing a crisis of public trust “that is going to destroy the company”according to the Facebook investor and former mentor to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Roger McNamee.
After leaving, Acton wasn’t the first former Facebook executive to express discomfort about the social network. Sean Parker, Justin Rosenstein, investor Roger McNamee, and former head of growth, Chamath Palihapitiya, also expressed their disappointments.