WhatsApp Co-Founder Brian Acton Asks Stanford Students To Delete Their Facebook Accounts
Brian Acton, WhatsApp co-founder, recently showed up as a speaker at a class at Stanford University, where he spoke about his decision to sell WhatsApp to Facebook, and asked students to delete their Facebook accounts.
As per the reports, Brian made his appearance during an undergraduate course called Computer Science 181, where he described the reasons behind selling WhatsApp to Facebook, and why he left, and criticized the drive to prioritize monetization over user privacy.
Speaking on the major technologies and social media companies, like Apple and Google, who have struggled to moderate their content, he said, “These companies are not equipped to make these decisions. And we give them the power. That’s the bad part. We buy their products. We sign up for these websites. Delete Facebook, right?”
Since leaving the company in 2017, Brian has been a vocal critic of Facebook over issues with Facebook’s desire to monetize its services. It’s not the first time he has urged people to delete their Facebook accounts. He did the same thing last year, soon after the Cambridge Analytica scandal.