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WhatsApp founder Jan Koum leaves Facebook over issues of privacy and user data

By Cookie Monster - on 2 May 2018, 2:00am

WhatsApp founder Jan Koum leaves Facebook over issues of privacy and user data

WhatsApp founder Jan Koum announced on his Facebook that he is leaving the company. While he did not state the reason(s) for doing so, sources told The Washington Post that Koum clashed with Facebook over the issues of privacy and security of user data. 

Apparently, Koum decided to leave even before the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. The Cambridge Analytica revelations contributed to more frustrations. He clashed with Facebook over several issues including sharing of user data for ad targeting, purported attempts to implement an advertising model and weaken the end-to-end encryption feature rolled out by WhatsApp in 2016. 

The sources added that other WhatsApp employees are demoralized and plan to leave in November when they are allowed to exercise all their stock options under the terms of the Facebook deal. 

For Koum, he states that he will be "taking some time off to do things" that he enjoy outside of technology  which include collecting rare air-cooled Porsches and playing ultimate frisbee. Below is his Facebook post: 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded to Koum's post with the following statements: 

Source: Jan Koum, The Washington Post via TheNextWeb