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WhatsApp co-founder tweets '#deleteFacebook'

Facebook acquired Brian Acton's company for $22 billion in 2014.
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Brian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp (L) and Jan Koum, co-founder and CEO of WhatsApp speak at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, California October 25, 2016. Mike Blake / Reuters

While calls for users to eliminate their presence on Facebook have increased due to reports of how Cambridge Analytica allegedly used the platform, most of them haven't come from anyone walking around with a few billion dollars of Facebook's money. WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton left the company last year, and today simply tweeted "It is time. #deletefacebook."

Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014 for about $22 billion, and now Acton's focus is on data protection and privacy, as he wrote last month after donating $50 million to launch the Signal foundation. At the time, he said: "We believe there is an opportunity to act in the public interest and make a meaningful contribution to society by building sustainable technology that respects users and does not rely on the commoditization of personal data."

As of 8:30 PM ET, Acton's public Facebook profile is still active.

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