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Sugar mountain, change of course scare away the own executives

Mark Zuckerberg is doing with Whatsapp and Instagram exactly what he had promised to do: He takes the applications to their independence, and blends them with

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Sugar mountain, change of course scare away the own executives

Mark Zuckerberg is doing with Whatsapp and Instagram exactly what he had promised to do: He takes the applications to their independence, and blends them with Facebook to a global communication platform with 2.7 billion users. The drastic change of course has provoked the Disposals of the founders of Whatsapp and Instagram. Now more executives. And the almost absolute control in the hands of a single Person is likely to kidney Facebook even more Expo, and the call for a break-up of the group louder.

The number three of Facebook, Chris Cox, and Whatsapp-in-chief Chris Daniels have to leave the company because of differences with Zuckerberg recently. Cox had only been in the last year, to the product boss for a promotion. He was pushed as one of the first 15 Software engineers to Facebook and had worked together for 13 years with Zuckerberg. Cox was a personal friend of the Facebook founder.

Actually, the 36 should ensure Years of the development of Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp. But in his new Position, were bound according to the statements of Facebook employees hands. Because Zuckerberg had already decided that Whatsapp and Instagram are losing their independence and together with Facebook, the project "Unified Messaging" child would. From the three different kinds of open platforms, a private communication service that is provided with a strong privacy. Cox was presented with a fait accompli, he had to encrypt any say in the decision, the communication platforms in the future.

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feared More than ten years, he and Zuckerberg had been of the opinion "that the history of social media is still being written and its consequences are not neutral," writes Chris Cox in his Blog. If the communication of the users could not be monitored, so this could be easily abused, for example, "for the exploitation of children, terrorism and extortion".

Because of these concerns, also has to leave Whatsapp-in – chief, Chris Daniels, the group after less than a year on this Post. How Whatsapp founder Jan Koum Daniels wanted to develop the application as a separate unit. "If our principles were challenged, we would have consented to it, not in a partnership," said Koum at the time of Acquisition of the Instant Messaging service by Facebook 2014.

But Zuckerberg is determined to merge the three platforms. Users of Facebook could communicate directly with Whatsapp and Instagram users, without these applications. The project should be completed next year, with the expectation that the loss of members of Facebook can be absorbed by the growth of Whatsapp and Instagram.

"Divine individual"

But the questions as to the security of the user data and the regulation of such dominant communication group, and probably more pressing. "Facebook has become an extraordinary threat to democracy around the world," says David Kirkpatrick, author of the book "The Facebook Effect". "The face of the Plethora of problems it is very difficult to believe that a single, omnipotent individual has sufficient understanding of and adherence to the ground, to make the right Decisions."

Tech Investor Ben Horowitz defended Zuckerberg: "He is committed to privacy and, in particular, a seamless encryption (the communication of the user). And that is so strong, that he is not to lose an excellent Manager, with his course agree," he writes. Zuckerberg put the quote on his Timeline with a note that it corresponds to his opinion.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 19.03.2019, 22:36 PM

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