Not a few ex-Facebook executives have come to criticize the company after leaving the company. One of them is the co-founder of WhatsApp, Brian Acton, who has for some time advocated deleting accounts from the social network.
In an event held by Wired, Acton again suggested that users stop using Facebook. He said people should make their own decisions, but said he maintained his position not to use the social network.
“If you want to be on Facebook and want ads in front of you, go for it,” he said. Acton’s position on Mark Zuckerberg’s social network was evident in March 2018, amid the revelation of the Cambridge Analytica case.
At the time, he published on Twitter that “it was time” and showed support for the #DeleteFacebook campaign. The comment was the basis of one of the questions for Acton, who explained why he had positioned himself so clearly against the platform.
“At the time, there was pressure against Facebook,” he said. “I was like, ‘Maybe it’s time’. But then I realized that a fatal flaw on Facebook is that they don’t have headstones. When you disappear, you disappear ”.
“So I left my tombstone on Twitter. To my chagrin, it was much more public and visible, ”he added. Acton left on Facebook in September 2017 after disagreeing with Zuckerberg about how WhatsApp should be monetized.
In May 2018, another WhatsApp co-founder, Jan Koum, also left Facebook. The executive, who held the position of CEO of WhatsApp, disagreed with the Facebook administration about plans involving user privacy, including encryption.
In announcing the departure, Koum said only that it was time to move on. Acton, in turn, invested $ 50 million in the Signal Foundation. The organization is responsible for the Signal encrypted messaging application.