WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton appeared as a class speaker at Stanford University earlier this week, where he spoke about the decision to sell the company to Facebook and called on students to wipe their Facebook accounts. According to Buzzfeed News Acton spoke during a student course called Computer Science 181 with another former Facebook employee, Ellora Israni, founder of She ++. During the class, Acton talks about why he sold Whatsapp to Facebook first and why he left, and criticizes the drive to prioritize monetization over consumer personal information.
During his conversation, he noted that big social media companies like Apple and Google are struggling to soften their content. "These companies are not in a position to make these decisions," he said. "And we give them the power. This is the bad part. We buy their products. We subscribe to these websites. Delete Facebook, right? "
Acton has been a vocal critic on Facebook since leaving the company in 201