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The co-founder of WhatsApp renews the appeal to cancel Facebook and challenges the Apple App Store moderation policies

Exactly a year ago, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton publicly appealed to users inviting them to delete Facebook .

Now Acton renews the appeal , also criticizing companies like Apple for some positions on privacy and moderation .

Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $ 16 billion in 2014, bringing co-founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton into the operation. Acton left the company in 2017 due to growing tensions between WhatsApp and Facebook leadership.

As reported by  BuzzFeed News, last week Acton spoke during a computer science course at StanfordUniversity alongside Allora Israni, co-founder of She ++ and a former Facebook employee.

Acton talked about the relationships between technology companies, like Apple and Facebook, and countries like China. Apple, for example, is at ease with the Chinese government’s request to store data on local servers. “I think many of these business decisions are made arbitrarily and capriciously,” Acton said.

Speaking on the subject of content moderation , Acton said that companies like Google , Apple and Twitterstrive, among other things, to identify “what are the speeches that incite hatred and which are not . ” Specifically, Acton challenged the moderation policies on the App Store:

“If I have to be brutally honest, the curated networks – the open networks – strive to decide what is a speech of incitement to hatred and which is not … Apple is fighting to decide which is a good app and which one is bad. Google is fighting over which is a good site and which is a bad one. These companies are not equipped to make these decisions “.

Acton also pointed out that although companies do not have the skills to make certain decisions, users give them the power to do so:

“And we give him power, ” he continued. It’s the bad aspect, we buy their products, we subscribe to their sites. Cancel Facebook, okay? 

via 9to5mac

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