Facebook data dispute reportedly prompts WhatsApp founder's exit

Jan Koum co-founder and CEO of Whats App speaks at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach California

Jan Koum co-founder and CEO of Whats App speaks at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach California

WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum is reportedly not happy with company parent Facebook, and has chose to leave the messaging service. Last month, amid the furor following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, WhatsApp's already-departed other cofounder Brian Acton tweeted #deletefacebook, a hashtag advocating leaving the social network for mishandling user data.

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg replied to Koum's post and said he respected his decision.

The Washington Post reported Monday that Koum is stepping down because of disagreements over Facebook's attempts to use the personal data of WhatsApp customers, as well as efforts to weaken the app's encryption.

Jan Koum, co-founder and CEO of WhatsApp, speaks at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, Calif. on October 25, 2016.

"It's been nearly a decade since Brian and I started WhatsApp, and it's been an fantastic journey with some of the best people", Koum posted on his personal Facebook page on Monday.

"It's been nearly a decade since Brian [Acton] and I started WhatsApp, and it's been an unbelievable journey with some of the best people".

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Facebook bought WhatsApp for Dollars 19 billion in 2014. Word of Koum's departure comes the day before Facebook's annual F8 developer conference in San Jose is slated to begin.

However, 18 months later, Facebook pushed WhatsApp to change its terms of service to give the social network access to the personal data of WhatsApp users. "I've been blessed to work with such an incredibly small team and see how a insane 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 fantastic things". Jan Koum is a Ukrainian-American internet inventor and computer programmer.

The Facebook acquisition turned Koum and Acton into billionaires.

Koum said he planned to take "some time off" to collect "rare air-cooled Porsches" and play ultimate frisbee.

Jan: I will miss working so closely with you. "Those values will always be at the heart of WhatsApp", wrote Zuckerberg, in part.

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