Facebook has put pressure on WhatsApp to get data on users: the co-founder leaves the company


Published on May 01, 2018


Jan Koum, the co-founder of WhatsApp, has announced that he will leave the company. Despite Koum did not initially motivated his decision, in a report in The Washington Post we read that the cause could be the increasing disagreement with Facebook.

Shortly after the publication of the article of the Washington Post, Koum has confirmed his departure from Facebook, stating that it will take his new free time to focus on other things. At the base of the friction between the WhatsApp and the social network of Mark Zuckerberg there would be the pressure of the latter is to obtain and use the personal data of the users of the platform for messaging:

The billionaire chief executive of WhatsApp, Jan Koum, has the intention to leave the company after colliding with his “relative”, Facebook, about the strategy for the popular service for messaging and the attempts of Facebook to use your personal data and to weaken its encryption, according to a person aware of the facts.

The report says that Facebook has put pressure on WhatsApp to get access to the phone numbers of its users, as well as details on smartphones and operating systems used.

Other employees of WhatsApp are demoralized and think they leave the company in November, after four years and one month from the acquisition of Facebook.

WhatsApp was founded by Brian Acton and Koum, who sold the company to Facebook in 2014 for $ 19 billion. Acton left the company last year, and since then has publicly criticized the management of the personal data of users of Facebook. Not the case, it is uk and has shared the recent movement #DeleteFacebook, on the occasion of the scandal of the Cambridge Analytica.

This is the only comment of Facebook about the farewell Koum:

Thank you @jankoum.

— Facebook (@facebook) April 30, 2018

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