Facebook made headlines in 2014 when it bought WhatsApp for $16 billion. At the time, WhatsApp was run by Jan Kuom and Brian Acton, and both men came out very rich after the transaction.
Things have changed recently and Facebook has been all over the news for different reasons, with people from all over the world questioning their precious social media presence and the uncertainty that this now causes. Facebook was the first real social media website, and to some users, it still is the most important site out of them all.
According to The Verge, Kuom continues to run WhatsApp, but Acton quit earlier this year to start his own foundation. Last month, Acton invested $50 million into Signal, another encrypted chat app that could serve as an alternative to WhatsApp. A few days ago, after the whole Cambridge Analytica scandal happened, Acton tweeted that it was time to delete Facebook.
It is time. #deletefacebook
— Brian Acton (@brianacton) March 20, 2018
Acton didn’t elaborate further and hasn’t made any other comments. He joins other ex-Facebook executives and employees such as Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake from the Facebook movie), Justin Rosestein and Chamath Palihapitiya, who’ve all spoken out against Facebook.
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In a particularly newsy statement, Palihaptiya said that people should take breaks from social media and that he feels guilty over creating “tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works.” Yikes.