In a tweet today Acton told his followers to delete Facebook. “It is time,”Acton wrote, adding the hashtag #deletefacebook. Acton, who is worth $6.5billion, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. WhatsApp declined to comment.
However it is unclear that whether Acton’s feelings about Facebook extend to his own app. But last month, Acton invested $50 million into Signal, an independent alternative to WhatsApp.
The tweet came after a bruising five-day period for Facebook that has seen regulators swarm and its stock price dropped down to 11% following concerns over data privacy in the wake of revelations about Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of user data.
Before Acton co-founded WhatsApp he was an engineer at Yahoo in 2009. In2014 Facebook bought WhatsApp making Acton a multi billionaire and after that Acton worked there until November 2017.
Now Acton runs Signal Foundation which is a rival of WhatsApp and on the other hand Signal uses much more security-minded users.
Last month Marlinspike announced the creation of the Signal Foundation, a new nonprofit funded by Acton, who has put $50 million into the project as a starter. Signal was previously reliant on support from the Freedom of the Press Foundation.
“Brian left WhatsApp and Facebook last year, and has been thinking about how to best focus his future time and energy on building nonprofit technology for public good,” Marlinspike wrote at the time. “The addition of Brian brings an incredibly talented engineer and visionary with decades of experience building successful products to our team.”
One notable tweet, though, came in 2009. “Facebook turned me down,” Acton said in that message. “It was a great opportunity to connect with some fantastic people. Looking forward to life’s next adventure.”
Facebook turned me down. It was a great opportunity to connect with some fantastic people. Looking forward to life's next adventure.— Brian Acton (@brianacton) August 3, 2009