Chris Cox, product manager for Facebook, and Chris Daniels, vice president of WhatsApp, leave the social network, said Thursday the director General Mark Zuckerberg.
The departure of the two executives occurs the week after Zuckerberg unveiled a manifesto introducing a new focus of the company focused on user privacy, more focused on messaging and group encryption, and just one day after the New York Times reported that the Eastern District (1945)
Cox, who joined the company as one of its top 15 software developers in 2005, was the lead products of society. Since 2014, he would have earned the reputation of being the second runner behind Zuckerberg in Facebook's chain of command.
Zuckerberg asserted in his note that Cox had After discussing his departure from the company for years, he decided to stay to help deal with the consequences of the presidential election of 2016, which triggered months of scandals about how the company treats wrong information and user data on its platform.
At this point we have made real progress on many issues and we have a clear plan for our apps, focused on creating private messaging, stories and groups, fundamentals of the Experience, including the activation of encryption and interoperability between our services, "wrote Zuckerberg. "As we approach this next major chapter, Chris has decided that it's time to step back from the leadership of these teams."
Daniels and Cox are the latest to date on Facebook. months since the election. Last year, at least seven executives left the company, including Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, co-founder of WhatsApp Jan Koum, former security executive Alex Stamos and Policy and Communications Officer Elliot Schrage.
According to Zuckerberg, Fiji Simo, product director, will now head the Facebook application, while Will Cathcart, former vice president of product management of Facebook, will lead WhatsApp.
"This is a significant change in our early days. the next chapter of our work to build the social foundation of the future focused on the protection of privacy, "writes Zuckerberg.
Zuckerberg exposes this chapter in a manifesto of over 3,000 words in which he exposes" The company's existing services around encrypted messaging and ephemeral messaging.
The action of Facebook was down 2% after the close of the session Thursday afternoon.