WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum steps down from Facebook

WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum steps down from Facebook

In a blog post written when Facebook announced the biggest acquisition in its history, Koum wrote that the deal wouldn't have happened if WhatsApp "had to compromise on the core principles that will always define our company, our vision and our product".

According to Zuckerberg, about 2 billion minutes spent by users on personal calls in WhatsApp messenger, therefore it was made a decision to introduce the feature of group video calling.

"It is time for me to move on".

Jan Koum's plan to exit comes after clashing with the parent company over WhatApp's strategy and Facebook's attempts to use its personal data and weaken its encryption, the Washington Post earlier reported, citing people familiar with the internal discussions. That comment further tries to downplay the idea that Facebook pushed Koum away by trying to erode encryption. Koum obscured that motive in his note that says, "I'll still be cheering WhatsApp on - just from the outside", according to Tech Crunch.

Sandler estimated that WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger could now combine for revenue of roughly $11 billion by 2020. Granted the founders, who gleaned $19 billion from the sale of the app, probably aren't losing too much sleep over Facebook's policies.

Rafael Nadal reaches Barcelona Open semis
Wearing just shorts and socks, the champion sprinted towards and jumped into the pool alongside the delighted ball kids. The Spaniard has now won 19 straight matches on clay (for a whopping 46 set streak).

Twitter rolls out new media services, content deals with NBC and Ellen
The incoming content will be unique to Twitter , and Disney says it is hoping to reach and appeal to all types of audiences. New show formats include work from Comedy Central's Creator's Room , BET Breaks, MTV News and MTV News International .

UK's Parliament Gives Zuckerberg An Ultimatum: Testify, Or
On the virtual reality front, Zuckerberg announced that the Oculus Go , a standalone VR headset, starts shipping Tuesday. Collins wrote in a letter addressed to Rebecca Stimson, Facebook's regional head of public policy.

Meanwhile, WhatsApp was founded by Jan Koum and Brian Acton in 2009 and rose to become one of the most used instant messaging and communication apps in the world.

Concerns about Facebook's handling of personal information have grown since the social network's admission in March that the data of millions of users was wrongly harvested by political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

As usual, WhatsApp did not give any timeline for the rollout of both the features, but with the company already working on them, it will be a matter of time for the company to push them to the users.

Yet, circumstances of Koum's departures aren't cleared and he won't stand for re-election to the board at Facebook's May 31 annual meeting. Previously, WhatsApp co-founder, Brian Acton left the company to start his own non-profit foundation.

Related Articles

  • Infinity War' might mean for the sequel

    Infinity War' might mean for the sequel

    There was a lot of hype for this film, because of what's at stake with arguably Marvel's biggest and baddest villain in Thanos. The man was watching the Marvel film at a cinema in Proddatur, southern India, when the tragedy happened.
    Seahawks Listened to 2 Offers for Earl Thomas

    Seahawks Listened to 2 Offers for Earl Thomas

    But Seattle finished 23rd out of 32 National Football League teams in rushing yardage in 2017. Carroll expects him to have an immediate impact as a three down back for the Seahawks .
    What is Modi's and siddaramaiah's 2+1 formula for win Karnataka?

    What is Modi's and siddaramaiah's 2+1 formula for win Karnataka?

    Dynastic politics had ruined democracy, destroyed Karnataka and the aspirations of its people, Modi said . Modi said the Congress president was a " Naamdaar ", so how does he know about the efforts of Kaamdaars .
  • Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge finally getting Android Oreo in UK

    Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge finally getting Android Oreo in UK

    The firmware version should read G930FXXU2ERD5 for the S7 or G935FXXU2ERD5 for the S7 edge , and it'll weigh in at around 1.27GB. Thankfully, the full Oreo update will roll out to everyone-in the United States , at least-with other markets set to follow.
    Amazon confirms plans to expand Boston outpost by 2000 tech workers

    Amazon confirms plans to expand Boston outpost by 2000 tech workers

    Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson , meanwhile, called the announcement "great news for our city's booming innovation economy". Online retail giant Amazon has announced it will expand its Vancouver tech hub and create 3,000 new high-tech jobs.
    Microsoft's 10 April Update for Windows 10 is arriving today

    Microsoft's 10 April Update for Windows 10 is arriving today

    On the business side, the April 2018 Update will offer some major improvements around IT manageability, Microsoft said. Cortana , the digital assistant by Microsoft, has been updated to leverage the new Dictation feature.
  • US Embassy auto  involved in Islamabad accident; 2 injured

    US Embassy auto involved in Islamabad accident; 2 injured

    Nazakat has been charged with Section 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way) of the Pakistan Penal Code . In the first week of April, another United States diplomat had hit two motorcycle riders near the zoo here.
    $199 Oculus Go VR headset goes on sale today

    $199 Oculus Go VR headset goes on sale today

    We also finally have eyes on the full hardware specs, which only make it more clear that the Oculus Go is the best deal in VR. The headset will come in two models, one with 32 GB of internal storage for $199, and another with 64 GB for $249.
    Kanye West Calls Slavery A 'Choice,' Gets Schooled On History

    Kanye West Calls Slavery A 'Choice,' Gets Schooled On History

    Y'know, there'll be mistakes, there'll be flaws the way I communicate today, because we're human beings, we're flawed. His closed his recently reopened Twitter account almost a year ago, he said , because, "I didn't have a lot to say".
  • Potential for some of the first severe weather of 2018 by midweek

    Potential for some of the first severe weather of 2018 by midweek

    Wednesday's time frame for storms to develop and quickly strengthen will once again be late in the afternoon into the evening. The Council Bluffs-Omaha area and southwest Iowa will be at an enhanced risk for severe weather from about 3 p.m.to midnight.
    Mubi twin blast: 27 confirmed dead

    Mubi twin blast: 27 confirmed dead

    The blast was coming after the one that occurred in a Mosque in November in Mubi a year ago that claimed about 50 lives. Shehu Sani, the Senator representing Kaduna Central has condemned the attack on Mubi town which left 27 people dead.
    Things you may not know about International Workers' Day

    Things you may not know about International Workers' Day

    It is a holiday where the workers do not work, share their experiences and enjoy the benefits achieved over the years. Labour and traders organizations have chalked out special programmes to highlight the significance of the day.