Brian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp, is still behind the idea of deleting Facebook. At the 25th Anniversary Summit of Wired he said that although people have to make their own decisions on the social network, they are left by their decision to leave. "If you want to be on Facebook and have advertising, go to town," he added.
Acton's original tweet reached the pinnacle of the scandal surrounding Cambridge Analytica. when the #DeleteFacebook movement swept the nation. The company ranged from revelations about the abuse of user data by the political consulting firm to specifically influence the 201[ads1]6 election, when Acton got into the dispute.
At this time, Acton was more than a year away from Facebook in 2017 due to a dispute with Mark Zuckerberg regarding the monetization of WhatsApp. He left millions in avenged stocks on the table and became a loud critic of the social network.
Journalist Steven Levy asked Acton why he had decided to make his feelings so public. "At the time there was pressure against Facebook," said Acton. "I thought maybe it was time, but then I realized that Facebook has a fatal flaw, because there are no gravestones, if you disappear, you disappear, so I left my tombstone on Twitter, to my chagrin it's much more public and visible. "
Acton is unlikely to be the first Facebook manager to speak out after leaving the company, and in 2017, former growth chief Chamath Palihapitiya rippled," We've created tools that are social "If he wants to do it, he will do it, but it is known that he changed his mind."
After leaving the social network, Acton co-founded the Signal Foundation, the non-profit organization of the encrypted news app used by journalists and human rights activists around the world, remains skeptical of Mark Zuckerberg's commitment to encryption and tells Levy, "If he wants to do it, he'll do it. However, it is known that he has changed his mind. "
The company is already under pressure from politicians worried about the impact of encryption on Facebook's many apps on national security. Last month, Attorney General William Barr sent Mark Zuckerberg a letter requesting that he break his encryption plans.
Citing these difficulties, Acton faces a tough fight. "More power for Facebook if they can do it," he added. "But it will be difficult for her."