WhatsApp co-founder flees Facebook just as F8 gets underway

On the eve of Facebooks big annual F8 developer conference, which begins today, there’s been a significant departure from the company. While the tech world waits to hear what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has to say at F8 following his time answering questions before Congress, it’s the sudden departure of WhatsApp chief Jan Koum that is overshadowing today’s festivities. Koum – in a Facebook post, ironically – said it’s “time for me to move on” from overseeing the chat app which Facebook bought for a tidy $19 billion  in 2014.

But even though WhatsApp added end-to-end encryption to the app in 2016, insiders say Koum has been fighting the top brass at Facebook over data use generated by WhatsApp, and the recent data scandal involving Cambridge Analytics likely didn’t help matters. So what’s Koum up to next? He says he’s taking some time off to collect rare air-cooled Porsches, work on cars and play some ultimate frisbee. When you’re a billionaire, those apparently are options. Be sure to catch our F8 wrap-up today on Digital Trends. https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/how-to-watch-facebook-f8-2018/

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