Chris Cox

There’s a massive shakeup in the leadership of Facebook underway.

On Thursday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that Chris Cox — a longtime Facebook executive who most recently served as chief product officer — is leaving the company, as is Chris Daniels, the head of WhatsApp.

Cox, a key lieutenant of the 34-year-old billlionaire chief exec, had been planning to leave for “a few years” but stayed on to help respond to Facebook’s successive scandals and crises, Zuckerberg said in a memo to employees that the company also shared publicly.

The chief product officer’s role will not be filled by anyone else — but other changes are also afoot.

Will Cathcart, formerly the head of Facebook’s core app, is moving over to WhatsApp to take Daniels’ old role. And Fidji Simo is taking on the role of head of the Facebook app.

Facebook, long criticised for eroding privacy norms, mishandling user data, and collecting vast reams of data on people for advertising purposes, has in recent weeks said it wants to pivot to focus more on protecting user privacy.

Zuckerberg repeatedly referred to this shift in his memo announcing the departures. “This is an important change as we begin the next chapter of our work building the privacy-focused social foundation for the future,” he wrote. “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. We have so much important work ahead and I’m excited to continue working to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.”

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Source:: Business Insider


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