As reported by The Washington Post, Jan Koum, the CEO of WhatsApp, who is also its co-founder, is quitting WhatsApp. This development comes at a time when a lot of controversies are going on with Facebook over data privacy and regarding the business model of WhatsApp.
The WhatsApp co-founder announced his decision to leave the organization via a Facebook post. The disputes at WhatsApp or the data encryption or privacy issues that had been highlighted in the report by The Washington Post have not been included in the Facebook post.
Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, commented on Koum’s post that he will remember working with Koum and that he is thankful for the assistance provided by Jan in bringing the world together. Mark also thanked Jan for teaching him a lot of things including encryption and the ability it has to bring the power back to people and assured that these values will forever be at the core of WhatsApp.
It is important to note here that the co-founders of WhatsApp – Brian and Jan are very strong proponents of privacy and that they had sworn that the holiness of WhatsApp will be maintained at the time of selling of WhatsApp to Facebook. As a part of this, the two never intended to make it compulsory to link WhatsApp with the Facebook account of the user and to provide data of WhatsApp to Facebook. Full-length encryption has been made a part of WhatsApp and the company has refrained from introducing backdoors at government requests.
Changes were introduced to WhatsApp’s terms of service due to force from Facebook, in order to provide Facebook access to user’s phone contacts via WhatsApp and to make arrangements for introducing unified profiles.
It is believed that Koum’s reasons for leaving WhatsApp are more related to value system than fiscal.
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