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WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton airs support for ‘#DeleteFacebook’

Brian Acton, one of the co-founders of WhatsApp, has urged everyone to delete Facebook in the wake of the ever-evolving Cambridge Analytica scandal.

The hashtag ‘#DeleteFacebook’ has been trending on Twitter since the news broke, and Acton − perhaps surprisingly − voiced his support for the online movement. It isn’t clear if he feels the same way about WhatsApp or Instagram, which Facebook own.

Acton left WhatsApp and Facebook last year, having sold the messenger app to Mark Zuckerberg for $19 billion in 2014. He is now working on Signal, a privacy-focused messenger app and direct competitor to WhatsApp.

Facebook has found itself in deep trouble after it emerged that data analytics company Cambridge Analytica allegedly misused the data of 50 million Facebook users.

That data may or may not have been used to help the Donald Trump election campaign and Vote Leave.

Facebook shares, meanwhile, continue to plummet – despite an apology from Mark Zuckerberg.

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