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Whatsapp CEO Leaves Facebook, Says Company Weakened Encryption


Facebook has battled European regulators over a plan to use WhatsApp user data, including phone numbers, to develop products and target ads.

We first heard of this feature back in March; at the time, I wrote that I wasn't sure how Instagram would allow you to maintain your privacy and block unwanted calls; right now, you can initiate a conversation with anyone in the app, even if their profile is protected and they don't follow you.

The WhatsApp Co-Founder/CEO and also Facebook board member Jan Koum is moving on. And now Jan Koum has also left the Facebook amid data privacy issues, this may be time to ditch WhatsApp before that promise leaves with him.

Facebook has been trying to defuse questions about whether it can be trusted with the reams of personal information it collects to sell ads and whether its social network does more harm than good. Koum obscured that motive in his note that says, "I'll still be cheering WhatsApp on - just from the outside", according to Tech Crunch.

Facebook has taken steps to generate revenue from WhatsApp, which unlike Facebook does not have advertising. "Those values will always be at the heart of WhatsApp".




The new WhatsApp update will be rolled out in coming months, however, the vompany has not announced any particular date for it.

Apart from confirming these features for WhatsApp, Facebook also revealed that WhatsApp is now used by a whopping more than 450 Million users actively on a daily basis, with more than 2 Billion minutes of voice and video calls made every day.

Jan Koum has been recently growing a lot of concern on Facebook's focus on collecting and selling user data. In attendance will be more than 5,000 app software developers, some of whom may be WhatsApp users. Facebook's enormous profits, meanwhile, are powered nearly entirely by advertising targeted to its users' interests. This feature is now being tested and will roll out globally in the next few weeks.

WhatsApp's other co-founder, Brian Acton, left the company a year ago and has since tweeted support for the #DeleteFacebookMovement last month.

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