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Instagram founders bail out of Facebook

Instagram founders quit to pursue new creative challenges

Instagram founders bail out of Facebook
Instagram's founders have decided to quit.

Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger have announced they are leaving the company,

Systrom and Krieger announced they will leave the photo-sharing social site to explore new creative areas, although rumours have persisted of tension with management of Facebook, owners of Instagram.

Facebook bought Instagram in 2012, but there have been suggestions of problems, in part due to Instagram's ongoing popularity while Facebook appears to be declining.

Instagram also hit problems recently when it's new video service IGTV sent recommendations for illicit content to its users. Facebook is under pressure from government around the world to clean up its act on fake news and other problem content, and also on data privacy. Facebook management had apparently sought more control over Instagram, which had largely continued to act independent of the parent.

The Instagram duo follow the founders of Whatsapp, which was also bought by Facebook, in quitting the parent company. Whatsapp's Brian Acton left Facebook at the end of 2017, and co-founder Jan Koum left this year, in part of concerns about Facebook's lack of respect for user privacy.

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