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WhatsApp co-founder shows remorse for selling out his users' privacy

By Cal Jeffrey · 10 replies
Sep 26, 2018
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  1. In 2016, they implemented end-to-end encryption into the app, and it quickly became a point of contention. Facebook wanted to be able to use the platform for targeted advertising and monetization of corporate analytics tools. Acton ended up walking away from $850 million in stock options over then matter, and Koum followed suit less than a year later.

    In a recent interview with Forbes, Acton alluded that he feels some remorse for selling the company to the social media titan.

    “At the end of the day, I sold my company,” he said. “I sold my users’ privacy to a larger benefit. I made a choice and a compromise. I live with that every day.”

    According to Acton, Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg were the primary instigators in his departure. They pushed for the monetization efforts, and when Acton pushed back, the two just redoubled their efforts. Acton could tell that they were not going to back down, so he quit.

    “It was like, okay, well, you want to do these things I don’t want to do,” he said. “It’s better if I get out of your way. And I did.”

    Despite the moral disagreement between Acton and his former employers, he does not want to paint Facebook as the “bad guy.” He says that they are just very good business people. This sentiment was not reflected in his March 2018 tweet that read: “It is time. #deletefacebook.” However, the tweet was more in response to the Cambridge Analytica scandal than him harboring resentment toward the company over the disagreement.

    Now Acton is working with security researcher Moxie Marlinspike on a messaging app called “Signal” that puts users first. He has given $50 million toward the app and has turned it into a foundation. It's his way of paying penance for selling out.

    He is working with some of the same people who created the end-to-end encryption for WhatsApp. He is basically starting all over building an app that provides free encrypted calls and messaging with no obligations to advertisers. Acton told Forbes that the platform already has “millions” of users but did not go into specifics.

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  2. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 817   +402

    I believe him. I can look at the someone's face once to know if they are sincere or not. I have have aquired this "gift" while going into desolated lands of microsoft knowledge articles and trying to complete the quest of protecting my privacy while being able to use some microsoft products.
    Michael7 and psycros like this.
  3. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,714   +2,512

    Good for him. I would gladly pay $1 a month to enjoy secure messaging. The first indicator that Signal is succeeding will be when Microsoft offers him another oil tanker full of cash and he turns them down. The next will be then governments will start pressuring the company to add back doors.
    Michael7 likes this.
  4. Eddie777

    Eddie777 TS Rookie

    Can we then assume he'll be donating the $16 billion which accompanied the sell out to a good cause?
    Abraka and p51d007 like this.
  5. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,965   +1,230

    Yeah right...boo hoo hoo. He'll come up with something new, it will get ranked up high, someone will buy it for a few billion too.
    If he were TRULY "remorseful", he would DONATE most of that money to some foundation. But, you can bet he rides in a limo, has a gated home bla bla bla.
    Boy, P.T. Barnum would have LOVED to live in this time period!
    Eddie777 likes this.
  6. ShObiT

    ShObiT TS Maniac Posts: 180   +166

    Yeah, donate the money that 60% of it gets to the bankers and people managing the funds pockets, yeah, good choice to do nothing with the money. Donation do nothing, if you want to do anything with that kind of money you can do it yourself so you know the money did what you wanted to do.

    Like all the "Donations" to Haiti, all of it in pockets, Donations to Africa, in Pockets, and many others.
  7. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,209   +670

    So what does that say about Telegram, that they already surpassed the govts wanting a backdoor?
  8. Abraka

    Abraka TS Addict Posts: 176   +54

    Boy, am I glad that everyone and his mother were using those crappy apps (Telegram, Whatsapp, Viber) which are basically screaming "we're spying operations" and still not seeing what's happening until the media told them. How can it be that people don't have their own opinion, until the mainstream media gives them one? They can't add 2+2 or maybe 1+1?

    I'm not talking here about some homeless people or retards from special schools. We're talking about CEOs, professors, scientists, journalists, computer experts, etc. They didn't see it coming?? Incredible. No wonder the world is a shitty place when it's full of imbeciles.
  9. Carlos GarPov

    Carlos GarPov TS Enthusiast Posts: 40   +21

    I guess I downloaded WhatsApp since they launched it and I tell you Fellas, this app has been working better in the hands of the Facebook crew ($$$) I suppose they invested a lot in servers and e-traffic platforms. Back in the days I sent a message to a pal of mine and he got it weeks later. Now it is really just a matter of seconds. Let's give some recognition to Facebook for it deserves it.

    In the third world countries people use WhatsApp to make phone calls to their loved one abroad, and they spend nothing since they get connected in public hotspots. Before, to get hooked by AT&T did cost A LOT.
  10. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,842   +193

    I didn't know Facebook owns and runs What's App oh my.. Cross-software-platforms. Eeek. I use both IM.
  11. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,885   +1,530

    PLEASE apply this gift to those in Washington D.C. and advise all American!! :grin:

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