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It's time to delete Facebook, says WhatsApp co-founder

Facebook and WhatsApp Applications. Photograph: (Zee News Network)

ANI New York, NY, USA Mar 21, 2018, 05.00 AM (IST)

Amid rising speculations of social media giant Facebook`s involvement in the alleged misuse of users` private data, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton took to Twitter asking everyone to delete Facebook. 

Acton, whose product was bought by Facebook in 2014 for a whopping $16 billion, took to the microblogging platform and said "It is time. #deletefacebook" after concerns were flagged on data privacy in the wake of revelations about Cambridge Analytica`s alleged misuse of user data.

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The rise of false news and the disclosure recently that scores of Facebook user profiles had been harvested by Cambridge Analytica, a voter-profiling company that worked on the United States President Donald Trump`s 2016 election campaign, are key issues which have emerged. 

This has resulted in a significant plunge in the company`s shares over the last five days. 

Meanwhile, Cambridge Analytica on Tuesday suspended its chief executive, Alexander Nix, amid a furore over the access it gained to private information on more than 50 million Facebook users. 

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