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Facebook Product Development Director Chris Cox and WhatsApp head Chris Daniels left the company

Chris Cox was predicted on the fate of his successor, Mark Zuckerberg.

Facebook Product Development Director Chris Cox and WhatsApp Vice President Chris Daniels left the company. This was announced by the head of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg in a social network blog.

Cox joined the Facebook team in 2005, a year after the company was founded. He first worked on the news feed and led the HR teams, and then oversaw the development strategy for the company’s main applications — Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Facebook itself. The media called him “the next Zuckerberg”

For several years, Chris has been discussing with me the desire to do something else. But after 2016, we both realized that we have too much important work to improve our products. Therefore, he stayed behind to help us deal with problems and chart a course for the development of a family of applications in the future. At the moment we have made real progress on many issues, and we have a clear plan for the development of our applications. Chris decided it was time to move away from leading these teams.Mark Zuckerberghead of facebook

In his Facebook, Cox published a farewell letter, where he thanked Zuckerberg and the rest of the team: “We are opening a new page in the direction of the development of our product with message encryption technology. It will be a big project, and we will need leaders who are ready to lead a new direction. ”

Facebook does not plan to seek a replacement for Cox. Instead, the company’s application managers will report directly to Zuckerberg.

Daniels led WhatsApp after WhatsApp Jan Kuma’s departure in May 2018. Previously, he managed the Facebook initiative internet.org, which is engaged in providing free access to Internet resources to residents of least developed countries. Under his leadership, Daniels, WhatsApp imposed message transfer restrictions to reduce the incidence of misinformation.

WhatsApp will now be headed by Will Katkart, who is currently in charge of the Facebook app. His duties will take on the vice-president of Facebook Fiji Simo, responsible for the development of video on the social network.


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