“Two of Facebook’s top executives are leaving the social network — a week after its boss Mark Zuckerberg announced a big strategic pivot toward private messaging,” The New York Post reports.
Zuckerberg announced Thursday that chief product officer Chris Cox and WhatsApp head Chris Daniels are headed out. Cox, who has been with Facebook since 2005, is leaving to “do something else,” Zuckerberg said.
Daniels took over the chat platform last May, The Post notes.
“The surprise exits come after Zuckerberg announced last week that the company aims to focus less on public posts and more on private conversations across its Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp platforms,” the story reports. “The plan will more tightly integrate the three apps — a move that critics say could have potential antitrust implications and which reportedly has sparked disagreement among some of Facebook’s senior employees.”
Zuckerberg said in a blog post that Cox had been contemplating leaving the company to pursue other projects for “a few years.”
The Post quotes Zuckerberg saying in the blog post: “After 2016, we both realized we had too much important work to do to improve our products for society, and he stayed to help us work through these issues and help us chart a course for our family of apps going forward.”