FB Data Breach: WhatsApp Co-founder warns people from using FB, asks to delete FB accounts

New Delhi: Facebook came under scrutiny recently after reports emerged out of data analytics company Cambridge Analytica has reportedly accessed company’s user data of over 50 million accounts illegally without permission.

Now WhatsApp instant messaging app co-founder Brian Acton recently warned people from using Facebook, asking them to delete their Facebook accounts.

FB founder Mark had acquired WhatsApp in the year 2014 from WhatsApp co-founders Jan Koum – a former Yahoo employee and Brain Acton. While Koum stayed with Mark, Acton reportedly left the company to start his own company called Signal.

In a recent tweet, Brian Acton wrote, “It is time”, with a hashtag, to “#deletefacebook”.

This is not the first time Acton has raised his voice against Facebook. Back in 2009, Acton had also applied for a job on Facebook but was rejected.

This data analytics firm is also rumored to have allegedly helped Trump win the 2016 Presidential elections by providing him target voters on

Coming forward to speak about the ongoing controversy about FB, Paul Grewal, vice-president and deputy general counsel of Facebook, in his blog post said: “In 2015, we learned that a psychology professor at the University of Cambridge named Dr. Aleksandr Kogan lied to us and violated our Platform Policies by passing data from an app that was using Facebook Login to SCL/Cambridge Analytica.”

“Kogan requested and gained access to information from people after they chose to download his app. His app, “thisisyourdigitallife,” offered a personality prediction, and billed itself on Facebook as “a research app used by psychologists.”

Approximately 270,000 people downloaded the app. In so doing, they gave their consent for Kogan to access information such as the city they set on their profile,” the blog post further said, BS reported.