Facebook is losing two top executives after the company’s privacy pivot

Facebook is losing two of its top executives, Chris Cox and Chris Daniels, who served as the company's product director and the head of WhatsApp, respectively. The departures come just a week after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced plans to change the company's form with private messaging applications and after a year of large-scale privacy scandals.

Cox has been on Facebook for more than a decade and currently oversees core application suite. The heads of all the most important Facebook teams (Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger and Facebook) inform you. He had been floated as the next CEO, if Zuckerberg ever walked away. Last year, Recode called him "the most important Facebook executive who is not named Mark Zuckerberg."

Daniels took over WhatsApp in May after WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum left. Prior to that, I had been running Facebook's Internet.org initiative, which was intended to take the Internet regions of the world currently without connectivity. Under his leadership, WhatsApp added forwarding limits to decrease the spread of erroneous information. He also announced plans to show ads, despite having been founded with the promise of never showing ads.

Zuckerberg did not write down in his blog post announcing the exits by which one of the executives is leaving. Cox published a note of his own suggesting that he may not be happy with the new address in which Zuckerberg wanted to take Facebook. "This will be a great project and we will need leaders who are excited to see the new direction." Cox writes.

WhatsApp will now be directed by Will Cathcart, who is currently in charge of the Facebook application. The Facebook application will now be in charge of Fidji Simo, who is currently directing the video.

No one will be named to replace Cox. Instead, says Zuckerberg, all of the company's application leaders will report directly to you.

Here is the text of Zuckerberg's note announcing the change:

A note from Mark Zuckerberg

Today Mark Zuckerberg shared the following publication with employees

Hello everyone: I want to share some important updates to As we organized our company to develop the social platform focused on privacy that I mentioned in my note last week. Embarking on this new vision represents the beginning of a new chapter for us.

As part of this, I am sorry to share the news that Chris Cox has decided to leave the company. Chris and I have worked together to build our products for more than a decade and I will always appreciate his deep empathy for the people who use our services and the uplifting spirit he brings to everything he does. He has played many central roles on Facebook, starting as an engineer in our original news service, building our first human resources teams and helping to define our mission and values, leading our product and design teams, running the Facebook application and, more recently, supervising the strategy for our family of applications. Along the way, Chris has helped train many great leaders who now play important roles throughout the company, including some who will now take on more important roles in our new product efforts.

For some years, Chris has been arguing with me about his desire to do something else. She is one of the most talented people I know and has the potential to do what she wants. But after 2016, we both realized that we had a lot of important work to do to improve our products for society, and he stayed to help us solve these problems and help us chart a course for our family of applications in the future. At this point, we have made real progress on many issues and have a clear plan for our applications, focused on making private messages, stories and groups the basis of experience, including enabling encryption and interoperability in all our services. As we embark on this next big chapter, Chris has decided that now is the time to stop leading these teams. I will really miss Chris, but above all I am deeply grateful for all he has done to build this place and serve our community.

At the same time, when embarking on this new chapter, Chris Daniels has also decided to leave the company. Chris has also done a great job in many roles, including the management of our business development team, leader in Internet.org, which has helped more than 100 million people access the Internet, and most recently on WhatsApp, where It has helped to define the business model. for our courier services in the future. Chris is one of the clearest and most principled business thinkers I have ever met and the diversity of challenges that has helped us navigate is impressive. I really liked working with Chris and I'm sure he will do a great job on whatever he chooses next.

While it is sad to lose such important people, this also creates opportunities for more excellent leaders who are energized by the way forward to take on new and greater roles.

I'm excited that Will Cathcart is the new head of WhatsApp. Will is one of the most talented leaders in our company, always focused on solving the most important problems for people and with clear eyes on the challenges and concessions we face. More recently, he has done a great job of running the Facebook application, where he has led our shift to focus on meaningful social interactions and has significantly improved the application's performance and reliability. In his career here, Will has helped direct our teams focused on security and integrity, and he believes deeply in providing end-to-end encryption to everyone in the world through our services.

I am also excited that Fidji Simo Be the new head of the Facebook application. She is one of our leaders in the most talented products and organizations. She is passionate about building community and supporting creativity, and is focused on building strong teams and developing future leaders. She has played key roles in the construction of many aspects of the Facebook application, including the leadership of our work in video and advertising. She believes deeply in helping people gain more value from the networks they have built. She already led this team for much of last year, while Will was out of parental leave, and is the clear person to lead these efforts.

Our application family strategy has been jointly directed by Chris Cox and Javier Olivan. . Chris directly managed application leaders and Javi has been responsible for all core product services that work across all of our applications, including security and integrity, analytics, growth and ads. Javi will now lead to identify where our applications should be more integrated. Javi is an incredibly thoughtful, strategic and analytical leader, and I am confident that this work will continue to go well. Since we have decided the basic direction of our family of applications for the next few years, I do not plan on naming anyone immediately to fulfill Chris' role in the short term. Instead, the leaders of Facebook (Fidji Simo), Instagram (Adam Mosseri), Messenger (Stan Chudnovsky) and WhatsApp (Will Cathcart) will report directly to me, and our Marketing Director (Antonio Lucio) will report directly to Sheryl .

This is a major change as we begin the next chapter of our work in building the social base focused on privacy for the future. I am deeply grateful for all that Chris Cox and Chris Daniels have done here, and I am looking forward to working with Will and Fiji in their new roles, as well as all those who will be critical to achieving this vision. We have a lot of important work ahead of us and I am excited to continue working to give people the power to build a community and unite the world.

Correction: March 14, 5 p.m. ET: WhatsApp plans Start showing ads in its story function, State, but has not yet begun to do so, as initially stated.

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