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WhatsApp's founder encourages users to delete their Facebook accounts – again



WhatsApp founder Brian Acton appeared as a speaker at a class at Stanford University earlier this week where he talked about the decision to sell the company to Facebook and urged students to remove their Facebook accounts.

According to Buzzfeed News Acton spoke during a basic course called Computer Science 181 along with another former Facebook employee, Ellora Israni, founder of She ++. During the class, Acton talked about why he first sold Whatsapp to Facebook, and why he left, and criticized the driving force for prioritizing monetization of user protection.

During his conversation, he noted that large social media, such as Apple and Google, have struggled to measure their content. "These companies are not equipped to make these decisions," he said. "And we give them the power. It's the bad part. We buy their products. We sign up for those sites. Delete Facebook, right?"

Acton has been a vocal critic on Facebook since leaving the company in 201

7 problems with Facebook's desire to make money from their services. This isn't the first time he's called people to delete their accounts: he said the same thing last year, following the Cambridge Analytica scandal.


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