Facebook CPO, WhatsApp VP quits amid data privacy, fake news allegation

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Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg has announced the resignation of the company's Chief Product Officer, Chris Cox, and the head of WhatsApp, Chris Daniels.

Chris Daniels, who took charge of WhatsApp after the founders' departure past year, is also leaving the company.

Zuckerberg added that, "Since we have now decided on the basic direction of our family of apps for the next few years, I do not plan on immediately appointing anyone to fill Chris's [Cox] role in the near term".

Zuckerberg phrased that more delicately, noting that "We both realized we had too much important work to do to improve our products for society". Chris Cox was responsible for Facebook's flagship apps - including WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook itself.

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In place of the departures, Will Cathcart has been appointed as the new head of WhatsApp.

Cox has been with Facebook for over 13 years, and helped build and News Feed and Facebook's mobile app, Daniels joined the company is 2011.

The departures happened right after Zuckerberg announced last week that he was revamping the Facebook platform to become more secure.

Cox's departure removes a layer of management, bringing Zuckerberg closer to a family of apps that he wants to make compatible, in what technology analysts expect will be a complicated engineering task. Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, WhatApp's Brian Acton and Jan Koum and Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey have also departed.

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Chris Cox leaving the company at such an important time is quite a big deal.

"Embarking on this new vision represents the start of a new chapter for us". It's a huge job for Zuckerberg and all the leaders of Facebook's apps, so it's not going to be an easy job for anyone involved.

Mr Zuckerberg, 34, Facebook chief executive, said last week that the company would shift away from publicly shared content on its site and focus on encrypted, private conversations across the messaging services WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger. "At the same time, as we embark on this new chapter, Chris Daniels has also made a decision to leave the company".

Two senior executives at Facebook left the company this week, with one of them emphasizing Facebook's need to find leaders who were "excited" about the new direction of the social media company, according to CNN Business.

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After a trying year that gave the whole world a fundamental lesson in privacy and trust, it will be interesting to see how Zuckerberg proceeds with his privacy-first mission and the merging of all of these core apps into one single product.

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