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WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton, who got in touch with users to remove Facebook last March at the height of the social media sites giant's data violation rumor, called himself a "sellout" today for accepting Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg's $22 billion deal to buy his business in 2014.

" I offered my users' personal privacy to a larger advantage," Acton said in an interview with Forbes released Wednesday. "I made a choice as well as a compromise. As well as I cope with that daily."

Acton, who co-founded the messaging service alongside Jan Koum, suddenly left Facebook in September 2017 under uncertain scenarios. The choice expense Acton concerning $850 countless Facebook supply choices that had actually not vested at the time of his exit.

Koum likewise left Facebook previously this year amid purported conflicts over Facebook's cybersecurity practices as well as plans for WhatsApp. The co-founders of Instagram, which is likewise possessed by Facebook, left the company today over allegedly differing visions for the photo-sharing application.

Acton claimed he decided not to pursue a negotiation with Facebook partially since the social media titan asked him to sign a nondisclosure agreement during preliminary negotiations.

Facebook obtained extensive objection last March after several records revealed the personal information of as numerous as 87 million individuals was subjected without authorization by Cambridge Analytica, a British information analytics company that was energetic throughout the 2016 political election cycle. The revelation led Legislative leaders to get in touch with Zuckerberg as well as Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to answer questions about the site's data practices at a collection of public hearings.

Hours after the Cambridge Analytica data violation became public knowledge, Acton created on Twitter that "it is time" to erase Facebook, the business that made him a billionaire.

Acton informed Forbes that his decision to leave Facebook came amid encounter the business's management, consisting of Zuckerberg, regarding exactly how to monetize WhatsApp. Facebook authorities purportedly pressed for WhatsApp to add targeted marketing to grow profits.

The WhatsApp co-founder likewise provided something of a protection of the social media giant, noting that Facebook "isn't the bad guy."

"I think about them as just excellent businessmen," he stated.