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And even though the social network has made him a billionaire, Acton is not holding back his thoughts on the recent scandal surrounding Mark Zuckerberg's company.

Cambridge Analytica is alleged to have used the harvested personal data to deliver pro-Trump messages to them, with the intention of influencing the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, according to the report. Now, one of the co-founders of WhatsApp is speaking out against the platform.

As Facebook faces fallout from a big defamation incorporating the use of its information by Cambridge Analytica, public figures in the technology industry are voicing up against the social media network.

Acton's call to action came on the heels of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which the United Kingdom -based analytics firm allegedly misused the data of 50 million Facebook users starting in 2014. Last night, however, saw one of the most high-profile and deeply involved parties in Facebook history - Brian Acton, the co-founder of Whatsapp - get involved.

Brian Acton sold WhatsApp to Facebook for a whopping $19 billion dollars and had been working with Facebook since the last September 2017.

"The issue is a callous disregard for the privacy rights of users and a lack of care with respect to data that had been entrusted to Facebook", McNamee told National Public Radio.

Facebook, on the other hand, has stated that it was not aware that a third party app developed by Cambridge Analytica was harvesting data from its users.

"It is time. #deletefacebook", he wrote on the social media platform. The firm, many years ago, received the user data from a Facebook app that purported to be a psychological research tool. Meanwhile, lawmakers from the USA and the United Kingdom have called for action following the reports of the data leak of the Facebook users.

People eager to delete their profiles may find unexpected problems that point to how integral Facebook is to many activities, said Ifeoma Ajunwa, a professor of organisational behaviour at Cornell University.

What are your views on the current Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal?

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