Facebook loses top executives, including Chris Cox

Facebook loses top executives, including Chris Cox

Facebook loses top executives, including Chris Cox

One of the key architects of the Facebook social media and advertising platform, chief product officer Chris Cox, is leaving the company after 13 years.

"It is with great sadness I share with you that after thirteen years, I've chose to leave the company", Cox wrote in his post.

With these executive departures, Will Cathcart, who previously led the Facebook app will now oversee WhatsApp, and Fidji Simo will move from her role overseeing Facebook's video product to lead the Facebook app. The company announced it's planning to shift its focus towards privacy and protecting users' information, something it has failed to do in recent times.

Those rumours were later confirmed by a lengthy post from Zuckerberg himself where he spun the roll-up as a chance to refocus his embattled and untrusted company on privacy.

Zuckerberg said Cox first mentioned he might leave a few years ago, but made a decision to stay on after 2016 as evidence emerged that Russians had manipulated Facebook's services to provoke discord in the United States and influence the election won by President Donald Trump.

Longtime Facebook executive Will Cathcart will now lead WhatsApp.

Daniel was in India a year ago where he met IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to discuss ways to sanitise WhatsApp amid several lynching episodes that happened owing to the spread of rumours on the platform.

However, the latest exits are potentially more troubling, as Mr Cox and Mr Daniels were members of Mr Zuckerberg's tight-knit group of allies. Also leaving is WhatsApp VP Chris Daniels.

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No replacement has been announced for Mr Cox.

Originally published March 14, 1:19 p.m. Update, 1:48 p.m.: Includes more background and Zuckerberg's post to employees; 1:55 p.m.: Adds background about other executive departures; 2:15 p.m.: Includes post from Chris Cox.

Zuckerberg, in a separate post, said Cox had discussed the possibility of moving on "for a few years", but had remained for a transition period.

Facebook's social network and Instagram photo app won't change, and will remain available for sharing places, adventures and minutiae with a broader audience. "Facebook Inc.is a massive and evolving company, so it's only natural that in a company that large, not everyone will agree with every strategic change", she said.

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