WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum leaving Facebook over an encryption issue

WhatsApp Co-founder Jan Koun
WhatsApp Co-founder Jan Koun

The CEO and Co-founder of WhatsApp Jan Koun today decided to leave as the Facebook board member over encryption and privacy issue.

Jan Koun also leaves Facebook as he doesn’t want to work in an environment where his original mission is under threat. Jan Koun along with Brian started WhatsApp to provide the fastest social messaging app with a focus on users Privacy and ad-free services. The reason behind his leaving is that Facebook is now focused on making money rather than providing actual services that both Brian and Jan want too.

Jan updated on his Facebook profile about his leaving. He said:
“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…

Mark Zuckerberg replied with a comment:
“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 indicated by the Washington Post, which addressed “individuals acquainted with inner dialogs” over Koum’s takeoff, there were strains with Facebook over WhatsApp’s conclusion to-end encryption, which guarantees that messages can’t be captured and perused by anybody outside of the discussion, including by WhatsApp or Facebook. WhatsApp officials trusted that Facebook’s want to make it simpler for organizations to utilize its instruments would require debilitating a portion of the encryption.


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