‘Delete Facebook’, says WhatsApp Co-founder

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Soon after reports came about Facebook’s data leak, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton said on Twitter it’s time to delete Facebook.

“It is time. #deletefacebook” , he tweeted.

Facebook came under scanner when Cambridge Analytica, a political data analysis company, accessed 50 million Facebook users’ data without their permission.

Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014 for $19 billion. Acton continued to be associated with Facebook after the sale, but quit earlier this year to start another company Signal Foundation.

In the wake of the reports about data leak in Facebook, the company’s share dropped by 7% on Monday.

According to reports, British firm Cambridge Analytica, a consultant for now US President Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign, used data, including user likes, inappropriately obtained from Facebook users to try and influence the elections held in November 2016.

Addressing the issue, Facebook told it  has hired a digital forensics firm to investigate the data leak.

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