Jan Koum, the founding father of WhatsApp and board member at Fb, introduced on Monday that he’s stepping down from the social community, as the corporate struggles to take care of the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica revelations.
Mr Koum, who sold the messaging app to Fb for $22bn in 2014, wrote on Fb that he was leaving to take time without work to gather uncommon Porsches and play final Frisbee.
His announcement got here shortly after The Washington Publish reported that he had clashed with Fb because it tried to weaken the end-to-end encryption on WhatsApp and use its private information.
When Fb purchased WhatsApp it promised to not change its privateness coverage — however later did, to permit for sharing of some data between the apps. The U-turn on privateness led to Fb being fined $122m by the EU final yr.
“It’s been virtually a decade since Brian and I began WhatsApp, and it’s been an incredible journey with among the finest folks. However it’s time for me to maneuver on. I’ve been blessed to work with such an extremely small group and see how a loopy quantity of focus can produce an app utilized by so many individuals everywhere in the world,” he wrote.
He added that he’ll nonetheless be cheering on WhatsApp from the surface. “The group is stronger than ever and it’ll proceed to do superb issues,” he stated.