Published: Thu, May 03, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

WhatsApp CEO Quits Over Disagreements with Facebook

WhatsApp CEO Quits Over Disagreements with Facebook

One of WhatsApp's founders, Jan Koum, will part ways with Facebook following the monster data scandal plaguing the company. Alongside some key announcements related to Facebook and Instagram, the social media giant announced two new massive features which are coming to WhatsApp. That comment further tries to downplay the idea that Facebook pushed Koum away by trying to erode encryption. Facebook didn't specify exactly how many users will be supported per call, but from the previews we've seen, it looks like you'll be limited to four people at a time.

The date of his departure has yet to be confirmed, but Koum, who had a seat at Facebook's board of directors over the last few years, has been reported to have some disagreements over personal data collection, as his working area relies in one of the largest and most successful messaging apps now in the world.

The encryption used by WhatsApp means that messages and their content can only be accessed by the sender and receiver.

WhatsApp also runs no ads.

Its business model is based on getting more people hooked on the service and allowing advertisers to promote their products to those users. So were regulators in Europe, where WhatsApp is most popular.

In a reply to Koum's Facebook post, Zuckerberg told him he would miss working together.

Read alsoUkraine diplomat: Zuckerberg could change Facebook to prevent crisisThe move comes 3.5 years after WhatsApp's acquisition.

WhatsApp employees are quite anxious since the co-founder has left the company. Apparently, he has been in disagreement with Facebook over its data privacy policy and how it uses its user's private data. The WhatsApp co-founder attempted to push back where possible, but felt that Facebook's board of directors "paid lip service to privacy and security concerns he raised".

WhatsApp's Chief Executive Officer, Jan Koum announced in a Facebook post that he's leaving the company; however, his exit could cost him as much as $1 billion.

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