Brian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp, speaks at the WSJD Live conference. The messaging app, one of the most popular apps in the world, allows users to place phone calls, and send and receive messages free over the internet. Acton's comment come after Facebook is facing scrutiny over how a British firm, Cambridge Analytica illegally harvested user profiles. Koum continued to lead the company, however, Acton left in order to start his own foundation. "Today, along with Massachusetts Attorney General Healey, we sent a demand letter to Facebook - the first step in our joint investigation to get to the bottom of what happened".
Facebook is under major scrutiny right now by regulators for its role in the misuse of user information by Cambridge Analytical, as the latter saw its world come crashing down after Canadian whistleblower Christopher Wylie broke the news of user abuse of over 50 million accounts, related to the 2016 US election.
Facebook is facing the heat after Cambridge Analytica, a British consulting company, was accused of harvesting data of up to 50 million Facebook users without permission and using the data to help politicians, including USA president Donald Trump and the Brexit campaign. His WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum still remains on the Facebook board.
Facebook has already suspended Cambridge Analytica from its platform.
Facebook communications statement has been issued which says, "The claim that this is a data breach is completely false".