Two ex-Yahoo employees had founded the widely popular instant messaging service named WhatsApp and they are Jan Koum and Brian Acton. While the latter one left the company back in 2017, a few years after Facebook acquired WhatsApp; the former one has now decided to leave the company. WhatsApp co-founder, Jan Koum, has announced recently that he will depart the firm soon.
“It’s been almost a decade since Brian and I started WhatsApp, and it’s been an amazing journey with some of the best people. But it is time for me to move on. I’ve been blessed to work with such an incredibly small team and see how a crazy amount of focus can produce an app used by so many people all over the world,” stated Koum in a Facebook post.
As of now, it is not clear why Jan Koum is leaving WhatsApp now, however, many are suspecting that there might be a link between this and Facebook’s recent data privacy scandal. Even Brian Acton had spoken up against it, saying it’s time to delete Facebook.
It is time. #deletefacebook
— Brian Acton (@brianacton) March 20, 2018
However, The Washington Post has cited some sources, according to which, Koum’s decision of leaving the company was already made months before the scandal had hit.
“I will miss working so closely with you. I’m grateful for everything you’ve done to help connect the world, and for everything you’ve taught me, including about encryption and its ability to take power from centralized systems and put it back in people’s hands. Those values will always be at the heart of WhatsApp,” stated Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, responding to Jan Koum’s post.