Whatsapp which is the instant messaging app now owned by the Facebook company is the most used app around the world. Recently, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton appeared as a speaker in front of a class at Stanford University earlier this week. At the university, the co-founder spoke about the decision to sell the company to Facebook and urged students to delete their Facebook account.
Brian Acton spoke during an undergraduate course called Computer Science 181 alongside another former Facebook employee, Ellora Israni who is the founder of She++. During the class, Acton talked about why he sold WhatsApp to the Facebook company in the first place and why he left the company in the first place. Apparently, the co-founder had a disagreement with the Facebook CEO regarding monetization in WhatsApp and that led to him leaving the company.
Acton was against showing ads inside the WhatsApp app, he said that he has a better alternative to monetize the app. Acton thinks that ads inside Facebook mean the weakening of encryption which ultimately causes damage to the users’ privacy. Acton further said that he doesn’t want to sell WhatsApp to Facebook but it was not entirely up to him to make this decision.
“I had 50 employees, and I had to think about them and the money they would make from this sale. I had to think about our investors and I had to think about my minority stake. I didn’t have the full clout to say no if I wanted to,” Acton said.
“These companies are not equipped to make these decisions,” Acton said. “And we give them the power. That’s the bad part. We buy their products. We sign up for these websites. Delete Facebook, right?
Not forget to mention, Acton has remained the vocal critique of the company since he left the company in 2017. This is also not the first time Acton urges users to delete their Facebook account.