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Co-founder of WhatsApp joins ‘delete Facebook’ campaign

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The co-founder of WhatsApp, which was acquired by Facebook four years ago for $19 billion, has joined the movement to delete Facebook.

Brian Acton tweeted: “It’s time. #deletefacebook.”

This hashtag has been trending since reports surfaced in recent days regarding the improper use of personal information on Facebook by Cambridge Analytica, a political research firm used by the Trump campaign before the election.

After remaining silent for a while, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg issued a statement apologizing for this ‘breach of trust’, as nearly $50 billion in market capitalization of his company has been wiped out with investors fearing new oversight by government regulators.

British Prime Minister Theresa May joined the conversations, and said that allegations that Facebook users’ data was improperly used by political campaigns are “very concerning.”

May says she expects Facebook and data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica to “comply fully” with British authorities investigating how personal information was obtained and used.