One of the closest Confidants of Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, is leaving the Online network a few days after the announcement of a profound change in Strategy. Chris Cox had worked in the 13 years at Facebook including the Newsfeed, the majority of users get their information in the network. And yet another Top Manager: Chris Daniels, who had taken over less than a year ago, the leadership of the chat service WhatsApp after the departure of the founder.
Zuckerberg had announced last week, Facebook more on communication in encrypted chat services, and a stricter protection of privacy. The u-turn raises many questions - among other things, according to Facebook's future business model. Because currently the Online network has its billions in profits, mainly with Ads in the Newsfeed.
The Facebook CEO tried to not let it after a falling out look. "For several years, Chris has spoken with me about his desire to do something different," Zuckerberg wrote in a blog post late Thursday. "But after the year 2016" - an allusion to the criticism of Facebook's role in the US presidential election have both decided that to improve too much in the Online network. In the meantime, however, some progress has been made. "I'm going to miss Chris very much." The two men also apply to private as friends.
Cox himself wrote in his farewell note, he would like to do something different - but that it was "with great sadness" to leave Facebook after 13 years. He indicated also that he was the Right man for the announced change in strategy: "This will be a large project, and we will need leaders who are enthusiastic, the realignment to enforce." The Website Buzzfeed reported, citing an informed source, to have the disposal of their differences over the alignment.
Cox was considered number three in the Facebook ranking
The 36-year-old Cox was in the role of product leaders in the Public, little is known, but was considered number three in the Facebook ranking, according to Zuckerberg, and CEO Sheryl Sandberg. Last year, Zuckerberg had handed him the overall supervision of all Apps of the group: The Central Facebook application, as well as Instagram and the chat services WhatsApp, and Messenger. In order for Cox to some industry observers, was already as crown Prince.
His previous Post will not be filled. Bringing together all of the Facebook products, how to last under Cox, will be undone, and the various heads of the individual Apps, which will report directly to Zuckerberg, split.
the New CEO of WhatsApp, will Cathcart, the most recently, the Facebook App is to be responsible. For around 22 billion dollars purchased the chat service, the founders Brian Acton and Jan Koum in 2017 and 2018. According to media reports, they had mastered at that time, against a softening of the encryption in the App, on the Facebook page to work.
Indeed, should be encrypted according to the new Plan, Zuckerberg, on the contrary, more Facebook services such as WhatsApp completely. However, Daniels had been put with some of the decisions in the case of Zuckerberg's Plan, the technical infrastructure behind WhatsApp Messenger, and the chat function of Instagram together, not agree, wrote the New York Times.
Cox had been "one of the group of people who meant well, but in 2009, decisions not met, the 2019 are applicable," said a former Facebook employees to Buzzfeed.