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New Delhi: The Facebook office in Hamburg, Germany was vandalized when 15-20 people wearing black clothes and hoods went on an overnight rampaging spree smashing glasses and disfiguring the walls of the social media’s office.

The group smashed glasses and painted “facebook dislike” on the entrance wall.

However, mystery shrouds over the actual motive behind the act. No arrests had been made so far.

It might be mentioned that there were allegations that officials of the social network major had violated laws of the German government and irked a few quarters. The attack might be a fallout of the controversy.

The attack might be a fallout of the controversy.

However, a spokesperson of Facebook rubbished the allegation stating, “the allegations lacked merit and none of the law of the German government was violated, neither by Facebook nor by its employees”.

While Germany was trying to cope with the influx of refugees, racial comments on social media had escalated to new heights. Police were also probing this angle to reach the crux of the issue.

Meanwhile, the European head of the social networking site was facing inquest over Facebook’s stringent crackdown to expunge racist hate speeches.

The company further beefed its vigilance to monitor the xenophobic comments on Facebook.

A manhunt was on to nab the culprits.

(With inputs from agencies)

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‘Delete’ Facebook, says WhatsApp co-founder amid Cambridge Analytica scandal

Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion in 2014 but Acton remained with the company for several years

Facebook one of the most popular apps in US. Pixabay
Facebook alleged to be leaking user's information to governement. Pixabay
  • Brian Acton asked users to delete Facebook
  • It was due to data leakage allegations
  • Facebook faces backlash after allegations came to light

Brian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp, late on Tuesday asked users to “delete” the social media platform, Facebook, amid alleged data leakage of its users for political purposes.

“It is time. #deletefacebook,” Brian Acton tweeted to more than 23,000 of his followers. WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook in 2014. Facebook is facing a major backlash after reports emerged that the political data analytics firm, Cambridge Analytica, accessed the data of its 50 million users without their permission.

Facebook was previously accused of leaking information too. VOA

The company received the user data from a Facebook app years ago that purported to be a psychological research tool, however, the firm was not authorised to have that information.

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Earlier on Tuesday, UK’s data protection watchdog sought a court warrant to search the London headquarters of the political data analytics consultancy that worked with Donald Trump’s election team and allegedly harvested Facebook profiles of US voters to influence their choices at the ballot box.

The UK Information Commissioner also ordered the auditors hired by Facebook to stand down when they visited the Cambridge Analytica headquarters. Meanwhile, lawmakers from the US and the UK have called for action following the reports of the data leak of the Facebook users.

Facebook invests big in Community Leaders Program. AFP
WhatsApp cofounder asked users to delete Facebook. AFP

Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion in 2014 but Acton remained with the company for several years before quitting to start “Signal Foundation” earlier in 2018.

Last month, he invested $50 million into “Signal”, an independent alternative to hugely-popular WhatsApp. Another WhatsApp co-founder, Jan Koum, still leads the company and sits on Facebook’s board. IANS

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