Why is WhatsApp CEO suddenly leaving Facebook?
- Author: Israel Montgomery May 03, 2018,
May 03, 2018, 14:11
In a blog post written when Facebook announced the biggest acquisition in its history, Koum wrote that the deal wouldn't have happened if WhatsApp "had to compromise on the core principles that will always define our company, our vision and our product".
The perceived invasion of WhatsApp user privacy drove a wedge between the Ukrainian-American billionaire and the parent company, Facebook, well before the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke. "The team is stronger than ever and it'll continue to do unbelievable things", Koum said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.
"It is time for me to move on".
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In a latest development, Jan Koum, the CEO of one of the most popular, and now Facebook owned communication platform WhatsApp has resigned citing privacy disagreement issues with Facebook. That comment further tries to downplay the idea that Facebook pushed Koum away by trying to erode encryption.
Koum also the co-founder of WhatsApp in an ironic move took Facebook to declare his resignation to public. Koum obscured that motive in his note that says, "I'll still be cheering WhatsApp on - just from the outside", according to Tech Crunch.
WhatsApp, a pun on the phrase "What's up?", grew in popularity in part because its encrypted messages are stored on users' smartphones and not on company servers, making the service more private.
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According to the report, Koum who sold WhatsApp to Facebook for more than $19 billion in 2014, "also plans to step down from Facebook's board of directors". This data was allegedly used to attempt to influence voter opinion during the 2016 US Presidential elections. That let Facebook target those users with more precise advertising, such as by letting businesses upload lists of phone numbers to hit those people with promotions.
However, Facebook already harvests some data from WhatsApp.
Koum confirmed his departure from WhatsApp Monday on his Facebook page.
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WhatsApp's other co-founder, Brian Acton, left the company previous year and has since tweeted support for the #DeleteFacebookMovement last month.