WhatsApp’s co-founder Jan Koum is leaving Facebook a few months after the other co-founder Brian Acton left late last year.
Mr Koum said in a Facebook post announcing his decision, “It’s been almost a decade since Brian and I started WhatsApp, and it’s been an amazing journey with some of the best people. But it is time for me to move on. I’ve been blessed to work with such an incredibly small team and see how a crazy amount of focus can produce an app used by so many people all over the world.”
Mr Koum and Mr Acton sold WhatsApp to Facebook for $22 billion in 2014. The Washington Post recently reported that Mr Koum and Facebook disagreed on the us eof the end-to-end encryption on the chat app.
“I’m leaving at a time when people are using WhatsApp in more ways than I could have imagined. The team is stronger than ever and it’ll continue to do amazing things. I’m taking some time off to do things I enjoy outside of technology, such as collecting rare air-cooled Porsches, working on my cars and playing ultimate frisbee. And I’ll still be cheering WhatsApp on – just from the outside. Thanks to everyone who has made this journey possible,” he added.