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WhatsApp cofounder Jan Koum is leaving Facebook

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Acton left WhatsApp late previous year and joined in the growing backlash against Facebook, endorsing a campaign that encouraged users to delete their profiles from the social network.

According to reports, Koum reportedly clashed with the parent company, Facebook's attempts to use WhatsApp's personal data and weaken its encryption, the Washington Post earlier reported, citing people familiar with the internal information.

Facebook's F8 conference isn't just about the social media giant's own site and app, as it also took some time out to touch upon subsidiary WhatsApp. That comment further tries to downplay the idea that Facebook pushed Koum away by trying to erode encryption. At that time Koum said that the purchase would not change anything for the users of the messaging service.

The billionaire founder of WhatsApp, Jan Koum, announced he is quitting. In attendance will be more than 5,000 app software developers, some of whom may be WhatsApp users.

Koum also the co-founder of WhatsApp in an ironic move took Facebook to declare his resignation to public. The company has been severely criticized for allowing the Russian government to influence American voters before the 2016 presidential race. Acton left Facebook in November, and has publicly supported the #DeleteFacebook movement since.

WhatsApp employees are quite anxious since the co-founder has left the company. And with Koum leaving the company, as Mark said there is no one to argue with him about privacy and it's possible that this harvesting of data could increase since such a move wouldn't be out of character for the social network.

WhatsApp, a pun on the phrase "What's up?", grew in popularity in part because its encrypted messages are stored on users' smartphones and not on company servers, making the service more private. That let Facebook target those users with more precise advertising, such as by letting businesses upload lists of phone numbers to hit those people with promotions.

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