In 2014, Facebook bought WhatsApp for $ 16 billion, making its co-founders, Jan Koum and Brian Acton, very rich men. Koum continues to lead the company, but Acton resigned earlier this year to start his own foundation. And it does not end simply with WhatsApp: in a publication on Twitter today, Acton told his followers to eliminate Facebook.
"It's about time," Acton wrote, adding the hashtag #deletefacebook. Acton, which is worth $ 6.5 billion, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Neither Facebook and WhatsApp.
It was not clear if Acton's feelings about Facebook extend to his own application. But last month, Acton invested $ 50 million in Signal, an independent alternative to WhatsApp.
The tweet came after a five-day period for Facebook that has seen regulators swarming and its stock price plummeting due to concerns over data privacy in the wake of disclosures about the misuse of data. Cambridge Analytica user.
Acton is not the first former Facebook executive to express concern about the company after leaving it. Last year, former growth chief Chamath Palihapitiya caused a storm after saying "we have created tools that are tearing apart the social fabric of how society works." Other former executives to express regrets include Sean Parker, Justin Rosenstein, and investor Roger McNamee.