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Whatsapp CEO Leaves Facebook, Says Company Weakened Encryption

Whatsapp CEO Leaves Facebook, Says Company Weakened Encryption

"Voice and video calling are very popular on WhatsApp, and we're excited to share that group calling will be coming in the months ahead". Sandler added that Koum and Facebook had disagreed for years about the pace of monetization on WhatsApp.

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg commented on Koum's post, saying he was grateful for what Koum taught him about encryption "and its ability to take power from centralised systems and put it back in people's hands".

42-year-old, Koum said, "It is time for me to move on".

WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum is breaking ties with Facebook amid a privacy scandal that had dogged the social network for weeks.

The co-founder of WhatsApp, a messaging service owned by Facebook with more than a billion daily users, said on Monday he was leaving the company, in a loss of one of the strongest advocates for privacy inside Facebook. 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. It was at Ernst and Young that Koum met the fellow business partner and co-founder of WhatsApp, Brian Acton.




Yet, circumstances of Koum's departures aren't cleared and he won't stand for re-election to the board at Facebook's May 31 annual meeting.

Facebook has been the centre of a lot of attention following the Cambridge Analytica scandal where, allegedly, private data of users was sold.

Brian Acton, the other Co-founder of WhatsApp, had left in November a year ago and openly supported the #DeleteFacebook movement too. Both Koum, and WhatApp's other co-founder, Brian Acton, had expressed an aversion to allowing ads into their service, causing analysts to wonder if the acquisition would ever pay off for Facebook.

But few of Facebook's 2.2 billion users have departed so far, based on the audience and revenue growth the company reported last week.

In response to Jan's Facebook post, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, responded with the following message: "Jan: I will miss working so closely with you".

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