WhatsApp founder quits Facebook over privacy

Jan Koum quits over Facebook's plans for WhatsApp user data and encryption

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WhatsApp founder quits Facebook over privacy WhatsApp's Jan Koum has quit Facebook, six months after fellow founder Brian Action left the company.
By  Mark Sutton Published  May 1, 2018

WhatsApp founder and CEO is quitting over disagreements with parent company Facebook around data privacy for users.

The Washington Post report that Jan Koum has resigned from the popular messaging app after clashing with the Facebook board about Facebook plans to use WhatsApp user data and weaken the encryption of the app.

Officially Koum said that he will step down from WhatsApp, officially to "do things I enjoy outside of technology".

According to insiders. Washington Post said that Koum objected to Facebook plans for user's data.

Koum founded the company with Brian Action, who left the company in November, and has since criticised Facebook's use of user data, as well as joining the #DeleteFacebook social media campaign.

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