Amid uproar over Facebook’s role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal last year, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton urged users to remove their Facebook accounts.
“It’s time. #Deletefacebook”, Acton, who left Facebook in September 2017 almost two years ago, wrote in a tweet in March last year. Now, about a year and a half following his tweet, Acton is still defending his decision to urge users to leave Facebook.
Acton, who since leaving Facebook has co-founded the Signal Foundation with Moxie Marlinspike, which aims to develop an open-source privacy network that enables secure Global Communications was speaking at Wired’s 25th summit when it said it still stood by its decision to leave Facebook.
“If you want to be on Facebook and you want ads to run loud in front of you, then go to the city,” The Verge said.
“At the time, there was increasing pressure against Facebook … I was liking, maybe it’s time. But then I realized that Facebook has a fatal flaw. They are not graves. When you disappear, you disappear. So I left my tombstone on Twitter, ”he said.
During his interview, WhatsApp’s co-founder also cast doubt on Facebook and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, for its ability to focus on encryption. “If he wants to do it, he will. Reportedly Action stated that he was known to change his mind.”
He also said that it would be a difficult task for Facebook to integrate all its services under one protocol and promote interoperability – something Zuckerberg made the announcement earlier this year in a blog post.
“Mark has established himself with a very long order and I think it’s going to take years to build … The proof is really going to be in the pudding,” he said, reported by CNET.
Notably, this is not the first time that the co-founder of WhatsApp has … well … emphasized the need to delete Facebook. Speaking with a graduate last year acton, a computer science class at Standford, not only talked about Facebook but also how big tech companies grapple with content moderation.
“Apple struggles to make decisions what a good app and what a bad app. Google struggles with a good website and a bad website. None of the companies are equipped to make these decisions. And we give them strength,” Acton said at the time.
He said, “That’s the bad part. We buy their products. We sign up for these websites. Delete Facebook, okay ?” he said.