Whatsapp Co-Founder Urges Students To Stop Using Facebook
Students of Stanford University were urged to delete their Facebook accounts by Brian Acton, the co-founder of Whatsapp on March 13. While speaking at a panel in the University, he explained his reasons for selling the hugely-popular Instant messaging app to Mark Zuckerberg for a whopping sum of US$ 19 billion in 2014.
Brian Acton accused Facebook users of giving power and control over to the company. Reportedly, he also involved a former Facebook software engineer in his comments, stating that he still held strong differences with the Social Media company. He also stated that he left the company at the end of 2017 because Facebook was planning to add advertisements to the Instant Messaging Platform, thus integrating a business viewpoint directly with the users of the app.
It is time. #deletefacebook— Brian Acton (@brianacton) March 20, 2018
The 47-year-old Stanford alumni previously tweeted “It is time. #deletefacebook” in March 2018. At Stanford, he further pinpointed that Facebook’s current reach is outrageously high because it owns Instagram and Messenger as well. The total number of users across all these platforms are well over a billion, although the popularity of the social media app itself has reduced drastically in recent months. Facebook and Instagram suffered major outages worldwide on March 13. A lot of users were hinting at a DDoS attack, however, Facebook clarified to its users that the issue was not related to any form of DDoS attack.
We're focused on working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, but can confirm that the issue is not related to a DDoS attack.— Facebook (@facebook) March 13, 2019
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The former Yahoo employee mentioned that he also had to think about his employees and the money that they would make from the sale of Whatsapp. Furthermore, he also had to take his investors and his own minority stake into consideration while making the deal.