WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton is still behind the idea of removing Facebook, telling a crowd up WiredDuring the 25th anniversary of the anniversary that people have to make their own decisions about the social network, he sticks to his decision to leave. "If you want to be on Facebook and have ads for you, go to the city," he added.
Acton & # 39; s original tweet came at the height of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, when the # DeleteFacebook movement engulfed the nation. The company faltered with disclosures about the misuse of user data by the political consulting firm with the specific intention of influencing the 2016 elections, when Acton entered the fight.
At the time, Acton had been away from Facebook for more than a year and resigned in 2017 with a conflict with Mark Zuckerberg about generating income with WhatsApp. He left millions on the table in non-invested shares and became a vocal critic of the social network.
Journalist Steven Levy asked Acton why he decided to make his feelings so public. "At that time there was pressure against Facebook," Acton explained. "I was like that, maybe it's time. But then I realized a fatal mistake in Facebook that they don't have tombstones. When you disappear, you disappear. So I left my tombstone on Twitter. To my great sorrow it was a lot more visible and visible. & # 39;
Acton is hardly the first Facebook manager to speak out against the company after leaving. In 2017, the former head of growth, Chamath Palihapitiya, scared the crap out: "We have created tools that tear apart the social fabric of the way society works."
After leaving the social network, Acton is co-founder of the Signal Foundation, the non-profit organization behind the coded messaging app used by journalists and human rights activists around the world. He remains skeptical about Mark Zuckerberg's dedication to coding, but tell Levy: "If he wants it to happen, he will. But he is known to change his mind. & # 39;
The company is already under pressure from politicians who are concerned about the national security implications of encrypting Facebook's many apps. Last month, Attorney General William Barr sent Mark Zuckerberg a letter urging him to interrupt his coding plans, referring to national security issues.
Acton mentioned these difficulties and said that Zuckerberg is facing a tough fight. "More power for Facebook when they reach it," he added. "But it will be difficult for them to do."