Delete Facebook , says WhatsApp co-founder “Brian Acton”

Social media and networking giant, Facebook is in news for all the wrong reasons this time . Recent share fall is making the situation worst for the Menlo Park based company to prove its point.

Amid all this , Facebook-owned WhatsApp’s co-founder Brian Acton is asking people to delete Facebook for its involvement in the recent data breaches.

Taking to Twitter, Brian wrote, “It is time. #deletefacebook.”

There have been discussions about the major loophole in Facebook’s API, which allows third-party developers to collect data not just from the users of the Facebook app, but also from that user’s friends network on the social media platform.

According to an ex-employee of Facebook, Sandy Parakilas, who was the platform operations manager responsible for policing data breaches by third-party software developers between 2011 and 2012, he had previously warned senior executives that its ‘lax approach’ towards protected data posed serious risks of data breach.

As per him, Facebook has absolutely no control over the data once it left Facebook’s servers and there was no insight into what was going on.

He further claimed that Facebook felt like it was better not to know what happened with the data as it was in a stronger legal position if it didn’t know about the abuse that was happening.

Facebook has been under the scanner over the past week after it came to light that Cambridge Analytica, a political data analytics company accessed data of over 50 million users of the social media platform without their permission.

Cambridge Analytica is largely funded by Donald Trump supporter Robert Mercer, who donated money for his election campaign.

The firm is said to have used this data to target political ads on Facebook based on each user’s likes and interests.

The data was accessed by Cambridge Analytica from the creator of a quiz taken by 270,000 Facebook users. That creator then passed on the data to Cambridge Analytica, which is against Facebook’s policy. Interestingly, Facebook knew about this data leak back in 2015, but didn’t make any information public.

Now, its all upto us , how much privacy we want and how much we all want facebook to intervene in our lives and do what so ever with our personal information.

But the question is , how long will our trust be betrayed by all these profit makers who use our data for their own profit? Like a responsible individual we should think twice before posting any personal information / private pictures . There has been a trend of entertainment associated with fb , where users just look our answers for their random queries / estimates about future in some apps . So, next time you land up in such an app , just be careful and extra cautious before giving your contact , friend and other information to any “xyz” third party app. Because on a social media platform we are not only responsible for our own security but also of our loved ones. Happy and wise Facebooking from now on !

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