Fb founder Mark Zuckerberg has introduced the departure of the agency’s chief product officer Chris Cox and head of WhatsApp Chris Daniels.
Mr Cox joined in 2005, a yr after Fb was based, whereas Mr Daniels took up his function solely a yr in the past.
No cause has explicitly been given for his or her departure.
The modifications come shortly after Mr Zuckerberg outlined his plan to remodel Fb right into a “privacy-focused platform.”
This week the social media large and its platforms WhatsApp and Instagram additionally skilled the worst outage within the firm’s historical past. Fb later blamed the blackout on a “server configuration change”.
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Mr Cox, a confidante of Mr Zuckerberg, began as a software program engineer on the agency and helped to construct a number of key options together with Information Feed.
He additionally held a number of senior roles, heading up human sources and serving to to launch Fb’s enterprise platform Office.
In a separate Fb put up, Mr Cox addressed the current proposal to shift Fb additional in the direction of non-public, encrypted communication.
“This shall be a giant venture and we are going to want leaders who’re excited to see the brand new course by way of.”
He didn’t give a cause for leaving, however Mr Zuckerberg insisted that he had “been discussing… his need to do one thing else” for a number of years.
Mr Daniels, in the meantime, began as head of Whatsapp after 5 years of working Web.org, an initiative to spice up web connectivity all over the world.
He shall be changed by Will Cathcart, who at the moment heads up Fb’s cellular app. Fidji Simo, who ran the app whereas Mr Cathcart was away on paternity depart, will tackle his function.
No alternative has been introduced for Mr Cox.
Fb has misplaced a number of prime executives over the last two years, together with its common counsel, chief safety officer, and co-founders of WhatsApp, Instagram and Oculus, a digital actuality agency it purchased in 2014.
Fb has been sharply criticised previously over lack of person privateness and the unfold of offensive content material and misinformation.
Regardless of the scandal, Fb says its person numbers have continued to develop. It says the quantity of people that logged into its website at the least as soon as a month jumped 9% final yr, to 2.32 billion individuals.
Person numbers within the US – its second-largest market – have fallen by 15 million since 2017, nonetheless, in keeping with market analysis agency Edison Analysis.