Facebook and Twitter turned down Acton, lead to the development of WhatsApp

As the WhatsApp application deal with Facebook officially announced, people are going deep down in WhatsApp’s history and the application is in the limelight even more than before.

Another interesting news related to the development of WhatsApp was released which revealed that WhatsApp’s co-founder Brain Acton applied for job in both Twitter and Facebook, but was turned down by both the companies. This led him to the development of WhatsApp along with Jan Koum. The tweets from Brain Acton were the evidence of this news as he told about his denial from both companies on twitter.

On May 23,2009 Brain Acton tweeted when he was turned down by Twitter. “Got denied by Twitter HQ, That’s ok. Would have been a long commute”


In the same year on 3 August, Acton’s another tweet came on twitter in which he told about the denial from Facebook

“Facebook turned me down. It was a great opportunity to connect with some fantastic people. Looking forward to life’s next adventure”



According to a blog “The Guardian” Brian Acton’s next adventure was he joining Koum ( the other co-founder of WhatsApp) who is “a Ukrainian immigrant whose childhood experience of Soviet era surveillance inspired the WhatsApp messaging service.”

According to Koum :

I grew up in a society where everything you did was eavesdropped on, recorded, snitched on, Nobody should have the right to eavesdrop, or you become a totalitarian state — the kind of state I escaped as a kid to come to this country where you have democracy and freedom of speech. Our goal is to protect it.


Brain Acton and Jan Koum never knew each other from the start, they got to know each on the Yahoo where they planned about their project which came out in 2009 in the form of “WhatsApp” which later became a multi-billionaire company. But it was the rejection by Facebook and Twitter which lead to the development of this social messaging application, if they would have given Acton the job then WhatsApp wouldn’t be among us today.


Abdullah Akbar

Abdullah Akbar Shafi is currently doing Software Engineering And he writes on Gadgets and Technology as his interest.
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