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Top Facebook, WhatsApp executives quit

IANS  |  San Francisco 

As pushes for a more private and encrypted communication across its apps, two of its top executives -- and -- have quit the company, has announced.

Embroiled in data privacy scandals amid the unabated spread of fake news on its platform, has lately seen several high-profile exits.

"Cox and I have worked closely together to build our products for more than a decade and I will always appreciate his deep empathy for the people using our services and the uplifting spirit he brings to everything he does," Zuckerberg said in a blog post late Thursday.

In a separate post, Cox said Facebook is turning a new page in its product direction, focused on an encrypted, interoperable, messaging network.

"It's a product vision attuned to the subject matter of today: a modern that balances expression, safety, security, and privacy.

"This will be a big project and we will need leaders who are excited to see the new direction through," wrote Cox, who was one of the first 15 engineers Facebook hired 13 years back.

Zuckerberg also announced the departure of Chris Daniel, who helped Facebook define the business model for going forward.

"Daniel has also done great work in many roles, including running our business development team, leading Internet.org, which has helped more than 100 million people get access to the Internet," said

Daniel was in last year where he met to discuss ways to sanitise amid several lynching episodes that happened owing to the spread of rumours on the platform.

"Will Cathcart will be the new of WhatsApp. Most recently, he has done a great job running app," Zuckerberg informed.

Fidji Simo will be the new of app.

"The leaders of Facebook (Fidji Simo), (Adam Mosseri), (Stan Chudnovsky), and WhatsApp (Will Cathcart) will report directly to me, and our (Antonio Lucio) will report directly to Sheryl (Sandberg)," Zuckerberg announced.

Last year, co-founders and quit after reportedly facing issues with Zuckerberg.

and Brian Acton, co-founders of WhatsApp, have also quit to pursue other ventures, as Zuckerberg plans to merge all its apps into one unified experience.

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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 09:58 IST
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