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2 top Facebook executives depart the company

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Two top executives are leaving the company, including Chris Cox, who was long one of Mark Zuckerberg's top deputies.

Chris Daniels, who leads encrypted messaging app WhatsApp, will also depart Facebook, Zuckerberg wrote in a post announcing the Thursday.

It isn't clear what future plans the executives have. Zuckerberg wrote that considered leaving years ago to pursue new projects, but he decided to stay in 2016, around the time began taking heat for acting as a conduit for misinformation and Russian election interference.

Zuckerberg phrased that more delicately, noting that "We both realized we had too much important work to do to improve our products for society."

joined 13 years ago and helped create Facebook's Feed feature. Less than a year ago, he was put in charge of all of Facebook's apps, including its flagship as well as Instagram, and

Reversing course, will not appoint a direct replacement for Instead, the leaders of each app will report to Zuckerberg.

The of Cox's departure comes a week after Zuckerberg announced a new "privacy-focused" mission for Facebook that will emphasize private messaging over public sharing. Many of the changes Zuckerberg outlined involve duplicating some of WhatsApp's features in Facebook's other messaging apps.

Daniels has been at Facebook nearly nine years, and previously led the company's effort, a project aimed at bringing to developing countries. He was named the of less than a year ago.

Longtime Facebook will now lead

These two departures come on the heels of founding-departures at Facebook-owned and WhatsApp last year.

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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 02:35 IST