Instagram founders clash with Zuckerberg, leave Facebook

Instagram founders clash with Zuckerberg, leave Facebook

Instagram founders clash with Zuckerberg, leave Facebook

Instagram's co-founders, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger are leaving the company in a bid to explore their curiosity and creativity.

In a awful stretch that has seen Facebook struggle with various calamities ranging from foreign manipulation of the social-networking giant's platform during the 2016 Presidential election to the Cambridge Analytica scandal that rocked Facebook's stock and landed it in front of federal lawmakers this year, the defection of the founders of its most successful acquisition doesn't look good. Whoever it is, let's just hope they can pivot as fast as Systrom and Krieger created Instagram Stories when Snapchat was the wolf at the door. Systrom's public farewell blog post hinted that the duo will be going on to start something else: "We're now ready for our next chapter", the exec wrote.

The site had about 30 million users when it was purchased in 2012.

Koum had signaled years earlier that he would take a stand against Facebook if the company's push to increase profits demanded radical changes in the way WhatsApp operates.

Instagram's two founders have sensationally quit Facebook.

The institutional investor, which holds more than 52,000 shares in Facebook, urged Facebook in July to appoint an independent board chair to oversee management.

"Founders move on to new projects and leave their baby to thrive in the hands of the acquirer". Facebook CFO Dave Wehner said "Instagram is growing more quickly and making an increasing contribution to growth, and we've been pleased with how Instagram is growing". Offered through Instagram and as a standalone app, IGTV serves up longer-length video content, mostly from popular Instagram users.

Now, Systrom and Krieger are leaving.

One of the names being touted as the next boss of Instagram is Adam Mosseri. They brought that to the table.

But this, my friends, is a truly awful time for the Instagram founders to leave.

The greater issue, he says, is whether Systrom and Krieger are taking proprietary and/or patented intellectual property with them.

At least six top executives have left Facebook since September 2017.

It comes after months of chaos and scandals for Facebook. The two executives had different opinions on what content is shared between the two different platforms although more recently the tension became more heated and resulted in Zuckerberg pulling all of the links to Instagram from Facebook.

Amy Gesenhues is Third Door Media's General Assignment Reporter, covering the latest news and updates for Marketing Land and Search Engine Land.

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