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And he isn't done merely with WhatsApp - in a post on Twitter today, Acton told his followers to delete Facebook.

Brian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp, speaks at the WSJD Live conference. Then Kogan sold the same data to a company called Cambridge Analytica, which a voter profiling company in US. Koum continues to lead the company, but Acton quit earlier this year to start his own foundation. Five years later, Facebook acquired WhatsApp, a popular messaging app, for $19 billion.

Acton, whose product was bought by Facebook in 2014 for a whopping $16 billion, took to the microblogging platform and said "It is time".

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg have since remained quiet throughout the scandal, which unfortunately for them, has invited yet more criticism from analysts, investors and users in general.

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton says it is time to delete Facebook
WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton says it is time to delete Facebook

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".

In fact, the WhatsApp co-founder is not the only talking about #DeleteFacebook. "This is part of a comprehensive internal and external review that we are conducting to determine the accuracy of the claims that the Facebook data in question still exists", the California social network giant said. "It is now time to hear from a senior Facebook executive with the sufficient authority to give an accurate account of this catastrophic failure of process".

Earlier on Tuesday, the NY and MA attorney generals announced an investigation into Facbook over the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Interestingly Facebook also suspended the account of the whistleblower Christopher Wylie, who revealed key details and documents about the whole exercise.

Facebook announced two days ago it has hired a digital forensics firm to investigate the data leak, reported AFP.

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