WHATSAPP co-founder Brian Acton has warned the world to delete their Facebook accounts in a speech to students.
The tech billionaire made the public address at Stanford University in the US.
Getty – Contributor Brian Acton is notoriously critical of Facebook
Acton explained to students the principles that led to WhatsApp’s creation and defended his decision to sell the company to Facebook for £14billion in 2014.
He also criticised Facebook and other tech giants, such as Google, for being too focused on profits.
Acton left WhatsApp altogether in 2017 because he didn’t think that adverts should be introduced to the messaging platform.
WhatsApp’s other co-founder Jan Koum also left Facebook last year, reportedly because he disagreed with the company’s plans to monetise WhatsApp and its approach to user privacy.
Alamy Acton agreed to sell WhatsApp to Facebook for £14 billion in 2014
This isn’t the first time that Acton has called for people to delete Facebook.
In 2018, he tweeted the command after the Cambridge Analytica scandal was revealed.
Acton used his recent speech at Stanford to further criticise Facebook and suggest that all of the internet giants are ‘not equipped’ to make decisions regarding what is good and bad content and ultimately what users can see.
Acton thinks users can stop the control these companies have by taking that decision making power away.
He said: “And we give them the power. That’s the bad part. We buy their products. We sign up for these websites. Delete Facebook, right?”
WhatsApp – a quick historyHere’s what you need to know…
WhatsApp was created in 2009 by computer programmers Brian Acton and Jan Koum – former employees of Yahoo
It’s one of the most popular messaging services in the world
Koum came up with the name WhatsApp because it sounded like “what’s up”
After a number of tweaks the app was released with a messaging component in June 2009, with 250,000 active users
It was originally free but switched to a paid service to avoid growing too fast
Facebook bought WhatsApp Inc in February 2014 for $19.3billion (£14.64bn)
The app is particularly popular because all messages are encrypted during transit, shutting out snoopers
As of February 2017, WhatsApp has over 1.2 billion users globally
Many people appeared to agree with Acton’s comments online and also highlighted their reliance on other tech giants.
One Reddit user said: “Facebook and it’s apps were easy to delete. The other giant, Google, seems to be much harder to completely ditch and avoid. But I’m working on it.”
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WhatsApp users who log in with “clone” versions of the app are being banned – and in some cases, can lose their chat histories for ever.
You can sign up to the beta version of the app to get all of the latest features before the general public.
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