Brian Acton, a co-founder of Facebook shocked his former company by tweeting users of that platform to delete their profiles.
It is time. #deletefacebook
— Brian Acton (@brianacton) March 20, 2018
Acton is a consistent critic of Facebook and a staunch advocate for privacy which is why he’s going after them with a vengeance.
The WhatsApp cofounder left the company six months ago, four years after Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion (the acquisition netted Acton as much as $3 billion from the deal). After leaving, he joined the Signal Foundation, a nonprofit organization that oversees the encrypted messaging app Signal.
He isn’t the first former exec to criticize the company, but he’s one of the most high profile to do so, which will no doubt be embarrassing for Facebook, which is facing numerous investigations, a tumbling stock price, and questions about its current leadership (or lack thereof).
Interestingly, it doesn’t appear that Acton has taken his own advice just yet. His Facebook profile is still live.
Delete and forget. It’s time to care about privacy.
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— Brian Acton (@brianlacton) March 21, 2018
It is time for you to come up with an alternative to Facebook . Also, I really need a new car and I noticed you have about 15 Billion just lying around…
— Bryan_2017 (@_Bryan2017) March 20, 2018
Never bite the hand that feeds you. This tweet is the embodiment of ungratefulness and disloyalty. You guys get 60 billion+ in $FB stock for creating an improved AIM messenger and now turn your back on people that made you rich! Very sad to see
— Alamentarius (@alamentarius) March 20, 2018
Deleted one week before last scandal. Late early adopter ;)
— Sandro F. M. (@sandrofm) March 21, 2018
Done! Along with it I’ve deleted Instagram as well. Social media freedom is at our fingertips.
— Renée (@reneehoppin) March 21, 2018
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