Facebook loses two important executives amid new privacy push

Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox speaks at Facebook Inc's annual F8 developers conference in San Jose

Facebook's chief product officer and head of Whatsapp are leaving

Cox made his announcement in on his Facebook page, saying he was leaving "with great sadness" after 13 years.

Facebook announced that its chief product officer Chris Cox and WhatsApp head Chris Daniels are leaving the company. Another source said executives "scoffed" at Zuckerberg's plans to encrypt communications on all of Facebook's platforms because it would require major changes to Facebook's business model.

Zuckerberg said the firm does not immediately plan to fill Cox's role, instead leaving the strategy of Facebook's family of apps - Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and Whatsapp - to Cox's former co-lead Javier Olivan. Both men are long-serving Facebook veterans - Cox was one of Facebook's earliest employees, and Daniels has been with the company since 2011 - and trusted lieutenants of Mark Zuckerberg.

Media reports cite sources inside Facebook who said the new privacy focus was partially why Cox chose to leave.

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During the a year ago, Facebook has seen a steady stream of executives depart following the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, including its chief security officer Alex Stamos, head of communications and public policy Elliot Schrage, WhatsApp founder and CEO Jan Koum and more recently, Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger.

Facebook on Thursday announced the departure of two key executives, Chief Product Officer Chris Cox and WhatsApp VP Chris Daniels.

The departures happened right after Zuckerberg announced last week that he was revamping the Facebook platform to become more secure. In the past two years, the founders of Facebook acquisitions Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus have left for various reasons, often over strategy.

Cox joined Facebook in 2005 as one of its original software developers.

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"This is an important change as we begin the next chapter of our work building the privacy-focused social foundation for the future", Zuckerberg wrote in a memo.

A campaigner from a political pressure group protests as founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg failed to attend a meeting on fake news held by Parliament's Digital, Culture Media and Sport committee in London November 27, 2018. "While it is sad to lose such great people, this also creates opportunities for more great leaders who are energized about the path ahead to take on new and bigger roles", he added.

Neither Cox nor Zuckerberg specified what led to their split.

Daniels has been at Facebook almost nine years, and previously led the company's Internet.org effort, a project aimed at bringing internet access to developing countries.

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