WhatsApp co-founder tells Facebook users to delete their accounts

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"It is time. #deletefacebook", tweeted Acton.

Facebook acquired WhatsApp for in 2014 for $19 billion.

Acton's tweet comes even as Facebook is in the eye of a storm after reports emerged that a political data analysis company Cambridge Analytica accessed 50 million Facebook users' data without their permission. Acton stayed on with Facebook until 2017, but has since invested $50 million in Signal, a messaging app that is a direct competitor of Facebook's messaging apps.

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While there is a huge debate going over this, there were many users who also pitched an idea to ditch all social media platforms owned by Facebook. After giving the reigns of his messaging company Whatsapp in 2014 for around $19 billion United States dollars in cash and stock wrote on Twitter that "It is time" to delete Facebook without giving any specific explanation.

Now, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton has tweeted saying it is time to Delete Facebook.

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