Social networking site Facebook has come under fire after it was revealed that a political data firm, Cambridge Analytica, had illegally acquired the records of 50 million users to help manipulate results during the US presidential election as well as the pro-Brexit movement. According to reports, Cambridge Analytica had illegally used personal information obtained through Facebook and used it to target voters with political advertisements.
Facebook said that there was no breach in data as the users themselves had authorized the app to get access to their data. However, the company is facing criticism over how it has handled the matter.
Meanwhile, WhatsApp’s co-founder Brian Acton tweeted that it was time to delete Facebook. The tweet has kicked up a storm and has been trending. Acton left WhatsApp earlier this year and is now working for messaging app Signal. Meanwhile, Facebook had bought WhatsApp in 2014 for almost $19 billion.
Though WhatsApp hasn’t commented on the issue, there are calls in the UK for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before them. According to a report by Associated Press, the chairman of the UK parliamentary media committee Damian Collins said that Facebook officials “have been misleading to the committee.” The committee has summoned Zuckerberg to testify.
Facebook has often been accused of not taking user privacy and data seriously. Facebook had said that it suspended the organization and its parent company SCL Group from the network. Strangely, Facebook also suspended the account of Christopher Wylie, a whistleblower, who revealed details and documents about the whole incident.