Mark Zuckerberg loses two key Facebook executives

16 March, 2019, 04:00 | Author: Kevin Carter
  • Facebook product chief Cox to exit as focus shifts to messagingMore

Instead, the leaders of each app will report to Zuckerberg. Facebook later blamed the blackout on a "server configuration change". "This place will forever be a part of me".

Media reports cite sources inside Facebook who said the new privacy focus was partially why Cox made a decision to leave.

Cox, a longtime employee who was responsible for overseeing Facebook's family of apps, noted in his own Facebook post that the company is "turning a new page" in its product direction, focused on an encrypted, interoperable, messaging network.

"I will always appreciate his deep empathy for the people using our services and the uplifting spirit he brings to everything he does", Zuckerberg said of Cox in his parting note.

Facebook, which has been embroiled in a series of scandals, is losing two more top executives as it focuses on building a more "privacy-focused social platform".

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Cox, who dropped out of a Stanford University graduate degree program to work with Zuckerberg when the company had just 15 engineers, was widely seen as one of the most popular and capable executives at the social network - and a potential replacement CEO, were Zuckerberg to leave. In the past two years, the founders of Facebook acquisitions Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus have left for various reasons, often over strategy.

SEE ALSO: Facebook's former chief security officer compares company to 'The Matrix.' Whoa. Chris Cox was responsible for Facebook's flagship apps - including WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook itself.

Chief Product Officer Chris Cox and WhatsApp Vice President Chris Daniels are departing amid Facebook's push to rebuild Facebook with stronger privacy in mind. Meanwhile, Javier Olivan will lead the effort to better integrate the Facebook apps. Zuckerberg is also promising to make photos and posts automatically disappear from public view. "I'm deeply grateful for everything Chris Cox and Chris Daniels have done here, and I'm looking forward to working with Will and Fidji in their new roles as well as everyone who will be critical to achieving this vision", Zuckerberg wrote.

Facebook didn't indicate how many of its 2.32 billion monthly active users were affected or how long its service was compromised. "Facebook Inc.is a massive and evolving company, so it's only natural that in a company that large, not everyone will agree with every strategic change", she said.

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