The announcement followed shortly after The Washington Post reported that Koum would leave due to disagreements with Facebook management about WhatsApp user data privacy and weakened encryption.
Post its acquisition by Facebook the WhatsApp user base has almost tripled to 1.35 billion active monthly users. The clash over data took on additional significance in the wake of revelations in March that Facebook had allowed third parties to mishandle its users' personal information.Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg replied to Koum's post by crediting Koum with teaching him "about encryption and its ability to take power from centralized systems and put it back in people's hands". Facebook has done a tremendous job in fostering loyalty to its key employees and retaining them, as several key members of the company have remained in the organisation ever since its inception and this move could see a break in this pattern.
WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum is breaking ties with Facebook amid a privacy scandal that had dogged the social network for weeks. But since then it's more than tripled its user count to 1.5 billion, making the price to turn messaging into a one-horse race seem like a steal.
Facebook's F8 conference isn't just about the social media giant's own site and app, as it also took some time out to touch upon subsidiary WhatsApp.
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It is still unclear as to who will replace Koum as the new CEO of Whatsapp.
Facebook refused to comment on Koum's departure. So were regulators in Europe, where WhatsApp is most popular. It was at Ernst and Young that Koum met the fellow business partner and co-founder of WhatsApp, Brian Acton. That let Facebook target those users with more precise advertising, such as by letting businesses upload lists of phone numbers to hit those people with promotions.
Brian Acton, the other Co-founder of WhatsApp, had left in November previous year and openly supported the #DeleteFacebook movement too.
When the Ukrainian-born Koum first launched WhatsApp, he promised to respect user privacy. Given that WhatsApp messages are fully encrypted and the users' data is safe, it is something that doesn't work for the parent company Facebook.
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