The media noticed that he left shortly before the monetization of the messenger.
On September 12, one of the co-founders of the WhatsApp messenger, Brian Acton , announced in his facebook that he was leaving the company after eight years of work. According to him, he will start a “new chapter in his life” and will be engaged in a non-profit foundation.
The new Ecton organization will be based on the intersection of a non-profit foundation, technologies and communications. Co-founder WhatsApp promised to share the details in the coming months and admitted that although he had planned a new project for a long time, the decision to leave the company was not easy for him.
The Wall Street Journal noted that Acton leaves WhatsApp when the instant messenger is close to monetizing its services. The company is testing tools for business and plans to introduce additional paid services for companies. These include fees for banking transactions or for services of a robot based on artificial intelligence technologies that could communicate with users. According to the publication, Exton helped in the development of this direction.
The head of WhatsApp, Jan Kum, remains in the company. In 2009, he created an instant messenger with Acton, who worked together at Yahoo. In 2014, the company acquired Facebook.