WhatsApp Co-Founder Jan Koum to Leave Facebook Over Disagreements on Data Sharing and Encryption

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum today announced plans to leave the company, which is owned by parent company Facebook. Koum has worked with Facebook and served on the company's board since Facebook acquired WhatsApp for over $19 billion in February of 2014.

    WhatsApp is the largest messaging service in the world with more than 1.5 billion monthly users. It is highly popular in India, Malaysia, Singapore, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, and several countries in Europe.


    In a Facebook post, Koum said that it's "time for [him] to move on" and that he'll be taking time off to pursue non-technology related interests.
    Koum did not detail his reasons for leaving Facebook, but The Washington Post says he is departing because he has clashed with Facebook executives over the messaging service's strategy and Facebook's attempts to use WhatsApp personal data, monetize the service, and weaken its encryption.

    In addition to leaving WhatsApp, Koum is also said to be planning to step down from Facebook's board of directors.

    Koum's disagreement with Facebook is said to have heightened following the Cambridge Analytica scandal where Facebook allowed data from millions of Facebook users to be collected by a third-party app, with that data then used to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

    Koum did, however, plan to leave Facebook before the Cambridge Analytica scandal came to light, as there have reportedly been tensions between the two companies since Facebook first purchased WhatsApp.

    Facebook originally promised not to share WhatsApp data with Facebook, but that changed less than two years after the acquisition, leading to ongoing disagreements over data sharing as Facebook has pushed for more and more crossover between the two companies.

    According to The Washington Post, other WhatsApp employees are demoralized by the disagreements between Facebook and WhatsApp and are planning to leave in November when their stock options vest.

    Article Link: WhatsApp Co-Founder Jan Koum to Leave Facebook Over Disagreements on Data Sharing and Encryption
  2. -BigMac- macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
  3. tridley68 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 28, 2014
  4. larrylaffer macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2009
    Los Angeles
    "I'm taking some time off to do things I enjoy outside of technology, such as collecting rare air-cooled Porsches, working on my cars and playing ultimate frisbee."

    Translation: I'm rich! Neener neener!
  5. JosephAW macrumors 68020


    May 14, 2012
    I remember when FB bought them he promised everyone's data would remain secure and private.
  6. nwcs macrumors 68000


    Sep 21, 2009
    Every acquisition makes promises they don’t intend to keep. It’s mainly a smokescreen to keep the regulators and the investors happy. Seen it with Apple, Google, and many others including some of the companies I’ve worked for that were acquired.
  7. fdanna macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2012
    Europe isn’t a country.
  8. bladerunner2000 macrumors 68020


    Jun 12, 2015
    I don't know why Signal isn't more popular. It's a great app and platform. Wish more of my friends used it. Whatsapp is great but I just know Facebook is going to turn it into trash.
  9. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    An all too familiar story: giant company buys small cutting edge technology company. A few years later the brains behind the tech leave. Very common at Apple too: Siri, Beats... Etc.
  10. Colonel Blimp macrumors regular

    Colonel Blimp

    Dec 1, 2016
    reading the Classics
    learning to play the saxophone
    teaching underprivilged children to read
    teaching privileged children to invest
    serving in the Marine Corps
    serving in the Peace Corps
    working to get President Trump impeached and make America great again
    working to get President Trump re-elected and make America great again
    seeking after spiritual enlightenment
    Ah, the blessings of wealth!
  11. centauratlas macrumors 65816


    Jan 29, 2003
    You lost me at beats, but I’d agree with the rest.
  12. Infinite Vortex macrumors regular

    Infinite Vortex

    Mar 6, 2015
    Interesting! The primary reason I don't use WhatsApp is because they were caught to be storing data (with the intent to use/leverage) from people's contact data when they were explicitly stating at the time they wouldn't do such a thing. This was well *BEFORE* it was purchased by Facebook. Seems awfully hypocritical to me… especially after he's made his billions.
  13. rictus007 macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2011
    the article says: "several countries in Europe" (maybe they change it later). But some people use the name Europe like a short version of European Contries....But English is not my first language, I might be wrong
  14. BWhaler macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2003
    Facebook is so gross. Zuck and Sheryl Sanberg should be ashamed.
  15. Sasparilla macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2012
    I guess he gave $50 million to Signal. Seems bummed and a little pissed he was sold a bill of goods by Zuck and San....
  16. twistedpixel8 macrumors regular


    Jun 9, 2017
    Sounds like FB didn’t learn their lesson at all.

    At what point did the right to privacy become a luxury? Weird world we live in.
  17. s54 macrumors 6502

    Sep 25, 2012
    Really? What’s App is popular in Malaysia? Since when? I was just there and not a single person used What’s App from the Malaysians I met. They all used LINE.
  18. B4U macrumors 68000


    Oct 11, 2012
    Undisclosed location
    We need someone who is rich enough and has moral to rescue these companies from the evildoers.
  19. Cosmosent macrumors 6502a

    Apr 20, 2016
    La Jolla, CA
    WhatsApp is the one of the most-respected success stories in the History of Tech, and NOT simply because of the size of the FB acquisition offer, but because they struggled early-on, AND stuck with it through tough times !
  20. Ramchi macrumors 6502a


    Dec 13, 2007
    I am promoting within my friends group. There are opportunities like surveys, rich text options, etc ... People are unaware of the FB-WA dangerous combination!!!
  21. acorntoy macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2010
    But, but... I just saw an ad from Facebook pledging to take good care of everybody’s data while showing happy smiling people!


    I got out of Facebook way back when, when you had to email them to actually delete the account and data stored and the “deactivate” button did basically nothing. Didn’t trust it then, was proven right. Why should I trust it now?
  22. racerhomie macrumors 6502


    Aug 14, 2015
  23. manu chao macrumors 603

    Jul 30, 2003
    That won't do anything really. I had Signal and Telegram installed for years, still haven't received a single message on either.
    --- Post Merged, May 1, 2018 ---
    The Telegram founder and owner fits that description.
    --- Post Merged, May 1, 2018 ---
    They did change it later, in the quote of the post you replied you can see the original phrasing.
  24. CJM macrumors 65816


    May 7, 2005
    No point in saying “install signal, install telegram” if nobody you know is using them. It took years and years for WhatsApp to gain popularity and my friends still use FB messenger as the main means of communication.
  25. thewap macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2012
    Just installed Signal and invited many contacts, most have joined and like it, as do I. Encrypted, no data mining, open source, whats not to like?

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