It has been alleged that the data firm used this to influence and sway voting patterns in favour of US President Donald Trump during his presidential campaign back in 2016. Interestingly, Acton's WhatsApp is now owned by Facebook.
Interestingly, Acton had once revealed that in 2009 he had applied for a job to Facebook, for which he was rejected.
For those who don't know, Whatsapp was created by Jan Koum and Brian Acton and was bought by Facebook in 2014 for a total of $14 BILLION. Facebook a few years ago acquired the popular chat app in a deal worth north of $19 billion.
On Friday, Facebook announced it suspended Cambridge Analytica and its parent company SCL Group from its platform for the misuse of data by Cambridge Analytica. The US and United Kingdom governments have already stopped the firm from harvesting WhatsApp data. He left the company earlier this year to start a foundation, and last month, Acton invested $50 million in a company called Signal, which purports to be a messaging alternative to WhatsApp.
According to The Verge, Brian Acton has taken to his Twitter account and is urging his followers that it's high time that they deleted their Facebook account.
The decision to use one social media platform to criticize another also prompted a big reaction.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is now investigating Facebook's handling and alleged misuse of users' personal data.
It goes without saying that many in the tech community have turned their attention to Facebook and CEO Mark Zuckerberg's silence has been troubling. The firm is accused of using the data of 50 million Facebook members to influence the 2016 USA presidential election.
People eager to delete their profiles may find unexpected problems that point to how integral Facebook is to many activities, said Ifeoma Ajunwa, a professor of organisational behaviour at Cornell University.
It is pertinent to mention here that Mark Zuckerberg was expected to come at the Facebook employees' meeting but he escaped that meeting as there were chances of the discussion about the data breach and its implications.