WhatsApp Co-Founder Is Telling Everyone To Delete Facebook, Here’s Why
This weekend the world’s biggest social networking service company Facebook faced a backlash over its stance on protecting the data of millions of its users as American and British lawmakers demanded an explanation on how a political data firm with links to President Trump’s 2016 campaign was somehow able to get hold of private information from more than 50 million Facebook profiles without the social network’s alerting users.
The firm’s so-called psychographic modelling underpinned its work for the Trump campaign in 2016, though many have questioned the effectiveness of its techniques.
The lawmakers have alleged the social media giant Facebook’s involvement in the misuse of users’ private data.
One of the member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, went so far as to press charges against Facebook’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, so that he will appear before the panel and explain everything that his social network knew about the misuse of its data “to target political advertising and manipulate voters.”
Facebook has launched its own investigation claiming that the private data which has been released from up to 50 million of its users were in fact harvested by a British company, Cambridge Analytica, and hence was used during the US President Donald Trump’s election campaign. Cambridge Analytica strongly has been denying any wrongdoing.
However, it was forced to suspend the probe late Monday following a request from Britain’s information commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, who is making her own inquiries into both companies.
She is seeking court approval to conduct her own searches at Cambridge Analytica.The speculation that has been going on for days about the false news and the social media network’s disclosure in the media was in reality harvested by Cambridge Analytica, a voter-profiling company that worked on the United States President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign, are key issues which have emerged.
Whatsapp was bought in the year 2014 by social media giant Facebook for a whopping USD 16 billion. Following the rise of these speculations, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton took to Twitter and asked everyone to delete Facebook.
Reacting to these speculations acton took stated in his tweet, “It is time. #deletefacebook” after concerns were flagged on data privacy in the wake of revelations about Cambridge Analytica’s alleged misuse of user data.
These speculations are not just affecting its users as well as the reputation but have also led to the downfall of the company’s shares in the market over the last five days.
In the recent update, Cambridge Analytica recently suspended its chief executive, Alexander Nix, amid a furore over the access it gained to private information on more than 50 million Facebook users.