Whatsapp Founder Jan Koum to quit Facebook over data integrity

Last Updated: Wed, May 02, 2018 18:00 hrs
WhatsApp (Reuters image)

Jan Koum, the Co-founder of Whatsapp who in partnership with Brian Acton had sold the messaging app to Facebook for $19 billion in 2014 may step down as a Director from the board at Facebook.

The billionaire director at Facebook wrote "It's time for me to move on." in a post on Facebook. According to Forbes the net-worth of Koum stood at $9.1 billion.

His post confirmed The Washington Post's story that Koum was looking to leave the Mark Zuckerberg founded social media platform.

According to the story, Koum had been talking with senior executives at Facebook and Whatsapp about his decision and showed less frequently at office.

At the heart of his decision is unhappiness over user data privacy which was a core tenet of Whatsapp. Reports of Facebook allowing third party apps to take control of user's personal information from cases such as Cambridge Analytica's may have led Koum to consider parting from Facebook.

The hatred with how Faceboook has been handling data privacy has led to disgruntled founders. A couple of months ago, Brian Acton asked everyone to delete Facebook.

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