WhatsApp founder, who got billions from Facebook, tells everyone to #deletefacebook

Back in 2014, Facebook acquired WhatsApp for the princely sum of $16 billion, raising quite a few eyebrows regarding return on that investment. Cross-platform user info mining may be one of those returns, but Europe recently banned it, and Facebook itself is in trouble as one of Trump's campaign consulting firms fetched tens of millions of user profiles from it under false pretenses.

Thus, Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg went from a 2020 hopeful, to a political pariah, and saw $5 billion of its net worth wiped out in a single day, as shares in the social network plunged. There is more, as one of WhatsApp's co-founders, Brian Acton, just went out on Twitter to advise everyone who would listen that "It is time. #deletefacebook." 

This hashtag has been trending in the last few days, sparking somewhat of a movement, and the backing of a WhatsApp founder isn't going to make things easier for Mr Zuckerberg, even though people are so addicted to checking their friends and relatives' stories, or posting their own opinions, that it's unclear whether there will be a mass following. The irony in the story, however, is that Mr Acton is worth $6.5 billion, most of it undoubtedly due to the princely sum that Facebook paid out to acquire his brainchild of a popular messenger.



1. ijuanp03

Posts: 616; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

The headline is confusing. The "it" could have been referred to WhatsApp and NOT Facebook. smh

3. ahmadkun

Posts: 616; Member since: May 02, 2016

right !

11. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Obviously you don't know how this website works, clickbaits are essential for the guys running PA.

15. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

It very clear that the 'it' is referring to Facebook and not Whatsapp. The title isn't click bait at all (you need brush up on your definition of 'IT'). The confusion is due to your clear lack of understanding or plain old stupidity (I'll let you decide which one) :-)

18. Master_Oogway

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 06, 2016

Facebook app is one of the most resource hungry app on the play store. The lite version is far better on older hardware..

27. Linn_Drum

Posts: 79; Member since: Mar 21, 2018

That's right.

19. LumiaLover

Posts: 237; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

Shots fired lol

25. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Awww, did I hurt your soft feelings you cupcake? Or let me guess, you have an issue with some of my other posts and you needed to let me know how much you despise me? And judging by the other posts you left in this comments section, you're in desperate need kiddo.

21. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

The headline may confuse some (not me) but it is clearly not a click bait

2. aries.phills

Posts: 161; Member since: May 17, 2011

Biting the finger that fed you will always come and haunt you later. Brian Acton did not act wisely.

4. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1439; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

If he does have several billion dollars to live off, I doubt he really gives a sh*t.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Why he already sold WhatsApp. Money is in his pocket......so why would he give a damn?


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Facebook is outdated anyway, thinking to delete mine. Only use it for family and friends who live in different countries. But i am fed up, all those nonsense commercials. I hate commercials!

16. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

"I only use it for family and friends" - Majority of people who say that are the ones who are unable to find any friends on Facebook. Anyhoo, please delete you profile on Facebook (and PhoneArena) and do us all a favour. :-)

7. samystic

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

The author has mentioned the ultimate and absolute truth - "checking their friends and relatives' stories, or posting their own opinions" that is all what social media is all about. Peek into others lives and assert own opinions. More basically a one way traffic. That is why i m not on most of the social media.

8. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

The only facebook service I used was messenger. The social media aspect died long ago imo

9. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I only use FB for memes

10. theborg48

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 26, 2016

Maybe he wanted more money from Jew boy Suckerberg. Yes the misspelled name is intentional.

12. Yousefjaber206

Posts: 116; Member since: Jan 09, 2018

I always wondered why facebook app is so laggy on android phones unlike other apps

13. Gadgetex

Posts: 199; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

Why does Facebook come preinstalled on smartphones with no uninstall option..? Makes you wonder. Do not buy any smartphone if it comes with Facebook and can not be uninstalled. Boycott the manufacturers that forcefully bundle into their OS and forcefully make people accept it. It is a built in spy tool. This disable feature is BS. Anyone who buys this disable BS is ignorant. People that want it can go to App Store to download it themselves but others should not be forced to have it built into their smartphone with no way to get rid of it.

23. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

I know some people who barely download any app, Facebook and Youtube are preinstalled so these people can use them very easily. Disabling an app would let that app stop working, the reason why it can't be uninstalled because it is installed next to system apps, any app if installed there is unable to be uninstalled except if your have root.

14. Gadgetex

Posts: 199; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

iPhones,Blackberry and China do not allow Facebook to be built in to their OS for a reason.

22. lyndon420

Posts: 6834; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

My Nexus 6 didn't come with fb pre-installed.

24. tokuzumi

Posts: 1930; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

The hashtag may be trending, but is anyone actually deleting their profile? While Facebook does know a bunch of info about you and your interests, it's not like your online presence will disappear after deleting Facebook. Plus it isn't like this is the first company to sell/provide access to your information to another company. While the circumstances in which Facebook shared the data is sketchy, I'm sure no other company in history has acquired our names/addresses/other demographics via false pretenses. Only reason this is an issue is because it's related to Trump, and the media tries to stir up anything negative about him.

26. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I deleted mine last year and it's the best thing I've done. I don't regret or miss it. It does make me hard to communicate with others when I need to though, so I talk to another person I can call or text to deliver the message

28. Linn_Drum

Posts: 79; Member since: Mar 21, 2018

No one tells me what to keep or delete!!

29. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Good for him! He's the real evil

30. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

It doesnt say why though .... ?

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