WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum quits Facebook

WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum announced to break ties with Facebook.

Though Koum didn’t elaborate on his reasons for leaving, but he confirmed his departure from WhatsApp Monday on his Facebook page .

Koum said in a post on his Facebook page that he is taking time off to pursue interests such as collecting air-cooled Porsches, working on cars and playing ultimate Frisbee.

In a reply to Koum’s Facebook post, Zuckerberg told him he would miss working together.

“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,” Zuckerberg wrote.

Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion in 2014,

Koum’s departure comes at a time when Facebook is under the scanner over data privacy. It has been reported that the WhatsApp CEO quit over differences with the company regarding user privacy and weakening of encryption. Here’s a look at the reactions to Koum’s exit and what has been confirmed so

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