WhatsApp's founder Koum to leave amid reports of clashes with Facebook

WhatsApp's founder Koum to leave amid reports of clashes with Facebook

WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum plan to leave his company, he said Monday in a Facebook post. The date of his departure isn't known.

WhatsApp used to have an annual subscription fee of 99 cents, but that was scrapped shortly after Facebook took over.

"I'm leaving at a time when people are using WhatsApp in more ways than I could have imagined". The move follows the departure previous year of fellow WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton, who has since been publicly critical of the social-media giant. It doubled down on its pledge by adding encryption in 2016. Facebook executives in an earnings call last week stressed that the company can maintain its business model while still protecting users' privacy.

Recently, Facebook has also suggested that there might be another Cambridge Analytica data leak happening as it said more "instances of misuse of user data or other undesirable activity by third parties" is expected.

Koum's exit would be highly unusual at Facebook. Mr. Koum is up for reelection as a Facebook director, according to Facebook's proxy filing earlier this month.

WhatsApp cofounders Jan Koum and Brian Acton.

In a reply to Mr Koum's Facebook post, Mr Zuckerberg credited him with teaching him "about encryption and its ability to take power from centralised systems and put it back in people's hands". He has joined a chorus of former executives critical of Facebook.

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Mr Jan Koun, 42, one of the founders of messaging app "Whatsapp", has chose to leave Facebook.

Despite WhatsApp's eye-popping acquisition price of $19 billion, the messaging service reportedly hasn't prioritized generating revenue for its corporate parent. The report claimed that Koum had been considering leaving for a year. It caught the attention of Zuckerberg, who was looking to expand the social network overseas.

Koum and Acton applied to work at Facebook, but failed.

Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014, and back then, Koum wrote that the deal wouldn't have happened if WhatsApp "had to compromise on the core principles that will always define our company, our vision and our product". They even described online advertising as "a disruption to aesthetics, an insult to your intelligence, and the interruption of your train of thought".

WhatsApp also runs no ads. Their philosophy of collecting as little data as possible from their users appears to clash with Facebook's policy of snooping on users to the extent possible.

In response to a request for comment, Facebook directed CNN to Koum's farewell post.

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