WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum has decided to finally part ways with the social media giant, Facebook. This is coming after the Facebook-Analytica scandal and according to experts; Koum’s disagreement with Facebook over its “attempts to use WhatsApp users’ personal data and weaken its encryption.”
Koum made the announcement of his exit earlier today on a Facebook post. He said:
“It’s been almost a decade since Brian and I started WhatsApp, and it’s been an amazing journey with some of the best people. But it is time for me to move on. I’ve been blessed to work with such an incredibly small team and see how a crazy amount of focus can produce an app used by so many people all over the world.”
In the post, he made no mention of his departure date from Facebook or the cause of his exit. He is reported to also be stepping down from Facebook’s board of directors.
WhatsApp has been always known for its strong position on users’ data protection, even going on to introduce an end-to-end message encryption system in early 2014. And not unlike Telegram, it has also refused to give users’ data to both the U.S. and Brazilian governments in the past. All these changed when Facebook bought the company and it was forced to start sharing some of its users’ data to the parent company, which is known for selling data to companies for targeted advertisements.
Surprisingly, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, left a comment on Koum’s post saying:
“I will miss working so closely with you. I’m grateful for everything you’ve done to help connect the world, 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. Those values will always be at the heart of WhatsApp.”
Koum’s exit is coming few months after the second co-founder of WhatsApp, Brain Acton told users its high time they deleted facebook.