During a public appearance at Stanford University on Wednesday, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton told students to delete Facebook, BuzzFeed News reports.
He also criticized the profit models driving tech giants like Facebook and Google and how ineffective they tend to be at moderating content on their platforms.
“To be brutally honest, the curated networks — the open networks — struggle to decide what’s hate speech and what’s not hate speech. […] Google struggles with what’s a good website and what’s a bad website,” he said, as quoted by BuzzFeed News. “And we give them the power. That’s the bad part. We buy their products. We sign up for these websites. Delete Facebook, right?”
The Silicon Valley entrepreneur’s appearance comes days after Zuckerberg announced on March 6 that his company will shift towards a “privacy-focused” platform.
Acton sold WhatsApp to Facebook for $19 billion in October 2014. He left the company some three years later, following Facebook’s decision to allow for ads on WhatsApp.
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