Head of WhatsApp to Leave Company

WhatsApp founder plans to leave after broad clashes with parent Facebook

WhatsApp billionaire chief executive Jan Koum wrote in a Facebook post Monday, "It's been nearly a decade since (co-founder) Brian (Acton) and I started WhatsApp, and it's been an awesome journey with some of the best people". The two men, both privacy advocates who started their encrypted messaging app almost a decade ago, joined Facebook after it acquired WhatsApp in 2014 for $22 billion, making them both billionaires.

"It's been nearly a decade since Brian and I started WhatsApp, and it's been an awesome journey with some of the best people", Mr. Koum said in his Facebook post. "The team is stronger than ever and it'll continue to do unbelievable things", Koum said in a Facebook post announcing his resignation.

"And I'll still be cheering WhatsApp on - just from the outside", he wrote. However, the Post suggested in its report that attempts by Facebook "to use its personal data and weaken its encryption" had caused tensions between the two companies, with the recent data scandal involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytica contributing to "a climate of broader frustration with Facebook among WhatsApp employees", sources with knowledge of the matter told the news outlet.

Whatsapp had 1.5 billion monthly active users at the end of 2017, and users were sending 60 billion messages every single day. But according to the Post, Koum was "worn down by the differences in approach", particularly around data targeting, encryption, ad-based revenue and mobile payments. After four years, Jan Koum thinks it is time to leave because Facebook's values no longer align with his.

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, replying to Mr. Koum's post, expressed gratitude for his work and "for everything you've taught me, including about encryption and its ability to take power from centralized systems and put it back in people's hands".

Zuckerberg thanked Koum in a comment to this post, writing: "I will miss working so closely with you".

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Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014, and back then, 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".

Another issue centered on advertising.

In 2016, WhatsApp announced it would start sharing some user data, including phone numbers, with Facebook - a move that was deeply unpopular among European regulators, who ordered Facebook to stop collecting data from WhatsApp users and fined the company.

WhatsApp also runs no ads.

Koum is the only founder of a company acquired by Facebook to serve on its board.

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