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Facebook announced on Thursday that chief product officer Chris Cox and Chris Daniels, the head of WhatsApp, are leaving the company.
There was telling line in Cox’s goodbye letter that suggests there were significant disagreements over Mark Zuckerberg’s plan to pivot Facebook to privacy.
This was backed up by a report in The New York Times, which said there were frustrations over Zuckerberg’s vision for the company.

Facebook sprung a surprise on Thursday when Mark Zuckerberg announced that another of his key lieutenants was leaving the company.

Following the departure of senior executives such as Instagram cofounders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, Zuckerberg said chief product officer Chris Cox is headed for the door after 13 years. Chris Daniels, the head of WhatsApp, is also leaving.

Soon after everything was official, Cox published his goodbye letter to staff on his Facebook page. On first read, it’s an ode to his good times at the company, in which he praises the senior management team and calls Zuckerberg a “dear friend.”

In the comments below, there are glowing tributes from Zuckerberg (“It’s been an honor and I’m deeply grateful”), COO Sheryl Sandberg (“We are a better company for what you have given”), and CTO Mike Schroepfer (“I’ll deeply miss seeing you ever [sic] day).

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But there’s a telling line in Cox’s letter which signals that there were disagreements over the direction Zuckerberg is taking Facebook — namely, its pivot to privacy and encryption, which the CEO set out in a manifesto last week.

Here’s the key line from Cox’s note:

“As Mark has outlined, we are turning a new page in our product direction, focused on an …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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