Messaging app Viber cuts all ties with Facebook

Messaging app Viber cuts all ties with Facebook

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Viber, A messaging app with more than 1 billion users, is cutting all ties with Facebook, the company said on Thursday. According to Viber, the decision came in the wake of “Facebook’s data breach and its failure to deal with violent rhetoric.”

Effective immediately, the messaging app will eliminate all advertising spend on the social networking platform, and it plans to remove Facebook Connect, Facebook SDK, and Giphy from the app by early July.

“Facebook continues to demonstrate poor judgment in understanding its role in today’s world,” said Jibel Agoua, CEO of Viber. “From its abusive stand to avoid the necessary steps to protect the public from violent and dangerous rhetoric, from misuse of the company’s data and lack of privacy in its apps, Facebook has gone too far. We are not arbiters of the truth, But the truth is that some people are suffering from the proliferation of violent content and companies should take a clear stand. “

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Djamel Agaoua, CEO of Viber.

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Viber’s announcement points to Facebook Cambridge Analytica Scandal Is a major cause for concern, and calls the platform Inability to curb the spread of hate speech After George Floyd’s assassination “the last straw.”

Viber, owned by Japanese multinational Rakuten, says it expects its decision to take the #StopHateForProfit movement of the Anti-Defect League and NAACP to a “level”, in light of the spread of advertising in the month of July Calls Facebook advertisers to stop spending. Hate speech on stage.

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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