Tuesday, 1 May 2018

WhatsApp Founder Jan Koum may quit Board as FB is weakening WhatsApp’s encryption

Even before the Cambridge Analytica revelations, WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum had made his decision to leave, as per media sources. His frustration is on the security policy of Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion in 2014.

Jan Koum will soon step down from Facebook's board of directors, as per media sources. Jan Koum founded WhatsApp in 2009

Currently, he is the chief executive of WhatsApp, and is angry over the popular messaging service's strategy and Facebook's attempts to use its personal data and weaken its encryption, according to people familiar with internal discussions.

Privacy is something which cannot be compromised, as the independence and protection of its users' data is a core tenet of WhatsApp that Koum and his co-founder, Brian Acton, promised to preserve when they sold their tiny startup to Facebook. It doubled down on its pledge by adding encryption in 2016. The data clash took on additional significance in the wake of revelations in March that Facebook had allowed third parties to mishandle its users' personal information.


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