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Founder Of WhatsApp Quits Facebook Over Data Sharing Issues

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Jan Koum who co-founded WhatsApp announced late yesterday that he will be leaving the company. While Koum himself doesn’t elaborate on reasoning for the departure, a report from The Washington Post indicates that the decision comes amid growing discord with WhatsApp parent company, Facebook:

The billionaire chief executive of WhatsApp, Jan Koum, is planning to leave the company after clashing with its parent, Facebook, 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.

Specifically, here’s the reason for him leaving. When WhatsApp was bought by Facebook, the founders were told that WhatsApp would remain independent…. But:

Eighteen months later, the promise not to share data evaporated. Facebook pushed WhatsApp to change its terms of service to give the social network access to the phone numbers of WhatsApp users, along with analytics such as what devices and operating systems people were using.

Well, this is a good reason to dump WhatsApp. Clearly the more Facebook says that they’re changing, the reality is they aren’t changing. Which means that if you want secure messaging with no privacy issues, you might want to take a look at TelegramBBM or Signal.

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