Jan Koum was one of the founder of popular WhatsApp application but just recently, he announced he is parting ways with Facebook – the popular social networking company.
This happened after Brian Acton – Co-founder of WhatsApp, announced it’s time for users to leave Facebook.
However, Jan Koum made this announcement on Facebook, saying:
“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. I’m leaving at a time when people are using WhatsApp in more ways than I could have imagined. The team is stronger than ever and it’ll continue to do amazing things. 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. And I’ll still be cheering WhatsApp on – just from the outside. Thanks to everyone who has made this journey possible.”
Reports revealed that the course of his leaving was his disagreement with Facebook’s attempts to use its personal data and weaken its encryption. It was reported that there was a “massive culture clash.”
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Founder, commented on his post, thanking Jan Koum for teaching him about encryption.
“Jan: 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.”
As you can see in Jan Koum’s post, he didn’t disclosed his plan after leaving. He revealed to do some non-technical stuffs.
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