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Whatsapp Co-founder Jan Koum Quits Over Privacy Disagreements With Facebook by Kyliegame: 5:21pm On May 01, 2018
WhatsApp, co-founder, Jan Koum is reportedly leaving the company due to disagreements about privacy and encryption. According to report from Washington Post, Koum will also step down from Facebook’s board of directors, a role he negotiated when WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook for $19bn in 2014.

Koum and his co-founder Brian Acton developed WhatsApp with a focus on user privacy and a disdain for advertising. When it was bought by Facebook, he promised users that these values wouldn’t be compromised.

"You can still count on absolutely no ads interrupting your communication. There would have been no partnership between our two companies if we had to compromise on the core principles that will always define our company, our vision and our product,” he said at the time.

However, Facebook has been under pressure to make money out of WhatsApp, which now has 1.5 billion monthly users. Facebook has been taking steps that have chipped away at some of WhatsApp’s values. And Koum has a problem with this.

Koum announced his departure from the company via his Facebook account, writing: “It’s been almost a decade since Brian [Acton] 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’m taking some time off to do things I enjoy outside of technology, such as collecting rare air-cooled Porsches, working on my cars and playing ultimate frisbee. And I’ll still be cheering WhatsApp on – just from the outside.”

In 2016, After Facebook acquired the messaging app, WhatsApp announced it would start sharing some user data, including phone numbers, with Facebook – a move that goes against WhatsApp's values and was deeply unpopular among European regulators, who ordered Facebook to stop collecting data from WhatsApp users and fined the company.

Since then WhatsApp has started building and testing free tools to help businesses use WhatsApp to reach their customers, with the view to later start charging businesses - another move that goes against WhatsApp's disdain for advertising.

According to the Washington Post, which spoke to “people familiar with internal discussions” over Koum’s departure, there were tensions with Facebook over WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption, which ensures that messages can’t be intercepted and read by anyone outside of the conversation, including by WhatsApp or Facebook. WhatsApp executives believed that Facebook’s desire to make it easier for businesses to use its tools would require weakening some of the encryption.

After Koum announced his resignation, the first comment was from Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

It reads: “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 centralised systems and put it back in people’s hands. Those values will always be at the heart of WhatsApp.”

A spokeswoman for WhatsApp declined to comment but pointed to Koum and Zuckerberg’s posts on Facebook.

http://www.irukkanews.com/whatsapp-co-founder-jan-koum-quits-over-privacy-disagreements-with-facebook/

Re: Whatsapp Co-founder Jan Koum Quits Over Privacy Disagreements With Facebook by CodeTemplar: 10:37pm On May 01, 2018
How does Whatsapp make money aside the normal licensing fee if it supports no ads?
Re: Whatsapp Co-founder Jan Koum Quits Over Privacy Disagreements With Facebook by Nobody: 7:23am On May 02, 2018
The guy has had it with Facebook. First he applied to work at Facebook, and was rejected and he then went on to start WhatsApp https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Koum now he has had to step down due to a clash with parent company Facebook over WhatsApp's strategy http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-43956540.

Lesson never sell your idea or company to a company that has already rejected you for a job in the past.

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Re: Whatsapp Co-founder Jan Koum Quits Over Privacy Disagreements With Facebook by CodeTemplar: 9:49pm On May 03, 2018
Febup:
The guy has had it with Facebook. First he applied to work at Facebook, and was rejected and he then went on to start WhatsApp https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Koum now he has had to step down due to a clash with parent company Facebook over WhatsApp's strategy http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-43956540.

Lesson never sell your idea or company to a company that has already rejected you for a job in the past.
Why?
Re: Whatsapp Co-founder Jan Koum Quits Over Privacy Disagreements With Facebook by Nobody: 8:54am On May 04, 2018
CodeTemplar:
Why?

So you tell me why would you sell your idea or company to a company that has already rejected you for a job in the past?
Re: Whatsapp Co-founder Jan Koum Quits Over Privacy Disagreements With Facebook by CodeTemplar: 8:58am On May 04, 2018
Febup:


So you tell me why would you sell your idea or company to a company that has already rejected you for a job in the past?
Job application rejection isn't a big deal. Maybe they had better candidates or other non-personal reasons.
Re: Whatsapp Co-founder Jan Koum Quits Over Privacy Disagreements With Facebook by Nobody: 8:59am On May 04, 2018
CodeTemplar:
Job application rejection isn't a big deal. Maybe they had better candidates or other non-personal reasons.

The question is will you 'sell your idea or company to a company that has already rejected you for a job in the past'?
Re: Whatsapp Co-founder Jan Koum Quits Over Privacy Disagreements With Facebook by CodeTemplar: 10:05am On May 04, 2018
Febup:


The question is will you 'sell your idea or company to a company that has already rejected you for a job in the past'?
Yes. I will if I wasn't rejected for personal reasons. So, Why will you want to refuse selling an idea to a company that rejected you for a job in the past?
Re: Whatsapp Co-founder Jan Koum Quits Over Privacy Disagreements With Facebook by Nobody: 4:08pm On May 05, 2018
Febup:


The question is will you 'sell your idea or company to a company that has already rejected you for a job in the past'?
19 billion dollars is not a small amount of money bro, if he didn't sell it, facebook will develop another version of whatsapp
Re: Whatsapp Co-founder Jan Koum Quits Over Privacy Disagreements With Facebook by Nobody: 7:34pm On May 05, 2018
Ezechinwa:

19 billion dollars is not a small amount of money bro, if he didn't sell it, facebook will develop another version of whatsapp

WhatsApp already had millions of users this was why it was valued @ 19 billion. If it was not sold they would have kept on growing and valued for higher
Re: Whatsapp Co-founder Jan Koum Quits Over Privacy Disagreements With Facebook by CodeTemplar: 9:39pm On May 05, 2018
Febup:


WhatsApp already had millions of users this was why it was valued @ 19 billion. If it was not sold they would have kept on growing and valued for higher
Facebook had the resource and reputation to build another successful What'sapp and could have easily done that.
You didn't answer my last question.
Re: Whatsapp Co-founder Jan Koum Quits Over Privacy Disagreements With Facebook by Nobody: 1:29am On May 06, 2018
CodeTemplar:
Facebook had the resource and reputation to build another successful What'sapp and could have easily done that.
You didn't answer my last question.

You are wrong yes Facebook has the resources but you cannot say Facebook has the reputation to build another successful WhatsApp when they have not built a WhatsApp before.

On your last question no serious employer will tell you they are rejecting you for personal reasons
Re: Whatsapp Co-founder Jan Koum Quits Over Privacy Disagreements With Facebook by Nobody: 3:33am On May 06, 2018
Febup:


WhatsApp already had millions of users this was why it was valued @ 19 billion. If it was not sold they would have kept on growing and valued for higher

well I agree with you. maybe I should think bigger but in my shoes I would sell it
Re: Whatsapp Co-founder Jan Koum Quits Over Privacy Disagreements With Facebook by CodeTemplar: 7:56am On May 06, 2018
Febup:


You are wrong yes Facebook has the resources but you cannot say Facebook has the reputation to build another successful WhatsApp when they have not built a WhatsApp before.

On your last question no serious employer will tell you they are rejecting you for personal reasons
Facebook could av upgraded their apps into whatsapp alternative gradually.

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