WhatsApp founder, who got billions from Facebook, tells everyone to delete it

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Brian Acton, one of the co-founders of WhatsApp, has urged everyone to delete their Facebook accounts.

Acton left Facebook in September of previous year, and recently announced a $50 million investment in secure messaging app Signal and joined the company's foundation. It's not known whether or not Acton is still involved with Facebook or Whatsapp, however according to a report by Wired, Acton invested $50 million into Signal - which is essentially a Whatsapp alternative. Also, a current data leak says that Facebook put allegations that the data analysis company Cambridge Analytica accessed 50 million Facebook users' data without their permission.

His message came after the concerns were flagged on data privacy in the wake of eye-opener-exposure about Cambridge Analytica's alleged misuse of user data. A former operations manager at Facebook, Sandy Parakilas, mentioned that during his time at the company in the year 2011 and the year 2012, senior executives did little to address his calls for better user data security.

Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $US19 billion in February 2014.

It's just almost a nightmare for the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg's social media giant is now being criticized for the way it has handled the entire situation.

Both parties have denied the user data was used to target people with Pro-Trump material during the campaign.

British lawmakers have also summoned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to give oral evidence after "misleading to the Committee" occurred at a previous hearing.

Even before the Cambridge Analytica debacle surfaced this week, Facebook has been criticized for mishandling personal information.

The number of Google searches on 'how can I delete Facebook' has spiked over the last 48 hours since details of the apparent privacy breach emerged.

The twitter hashtag #deletefacebook had been trending when the pandora box related to Facebook users' data breach opened.