WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton asks everyone to delete Facebook

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Facebook came under fire earlier this week when the data of over 50 million Facebook users was leaked. Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook empire is now suffering after news broke out in the media that the privately held company have acquired private user data of 50 million users on Facebook through series of leaks. In his recent tweet, Acton says "It is time #deletefacebook". Acton had left WhatsApp in September last year, more than three years after Facebook acquired the company for $19 billion in cash and stock.

Acton, who is worth $6.5 billion, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

While WhatsApp has not commented on the issue, the debate around data privacy and policies on the social network will continue. Leading Democrats in the U.S. Senate have also called on co-founder Mark Zuckerberg to testify before the US Congress.

According to an Associated Press report, the chairman of the United Kingdom parliamentary media committee, Damian Collins, said Facebook officials "have been misleading to the committee".

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Acton is not the first former Facebook executive to express unease about the company after leaving it. "Given your commitment at the start of the New Year to "fixing" Facebook, I hope that this representative will be you", Collins wrote to Zuckerberg according to the news report. WhatsApp co-founder is the latest voice to be in support of this hashtag.

Earlier on Tuesday, the NY and MA attorney generals announced an investigation into Facbook over the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Facebook lost 2.6 per cent after it said it faced questions from the US Federal Trade Commission about how its users'personal data was mined by a political consultancy hired by Trump's campaign. Wylie's attorney said Sunday that Facebook "privately welcomed" Wylie's help and then publicly suspended his account.