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The most recent of the lot who has turned against Facebook is WhatsApp cofounder, Brian Acton. WhatsApp's other co-founder Jan Koum continues to lead the company. 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.

Facebook knew about this data leak back in 2015, but didn't make the information public. Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014 for almost $19 billion.

On Tuesday, the BBC reported that Zuckerberg, who at the time of writing was yet to officially comment on the scandal, has not even addressed Facebook staff since the news broke, with employees at its headquarters in California being spoken to by one of the company's senior lawyers on Monday. Acton continued to be associated with Facebook after the sale, but quit earlier this year to start another company Signal Foundation. A number of online movements encouraging Facebook users to delete their profiles on the social media platform have emerged with the #deletefacebook hashtag picking up steam over the last couple of days. WhatsApp declined to comment. Leading Democrats in the U.S. Senate have also called on co-founder Mark Zuckerberg to testify before the US Congress.

Whatsapp co-founder urges people to delete their Facebook account
Whatsapp co-founder urges people to delete their Facebook account

As pointed out by the report, Acton is not the first "former Facebook executive" to express concern, displeasure or discomfort about the company after leaving the place.

Meanwhile, in the wake of the scandal, Cambridge Analytica confirmed it has suspend its CEO, Alexander Nix.

Facebook is being accused of not protecting the privacy of its users. Facebook has also said that it has hired a digital forensics firm, Stroz Friedberg to conduct a comprehensive audit of Cambridge Analytica.

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