WhatsApp Co-founder Leaves Office in Disagreement With Zuckerberg
According to an interview posted by Forbes on Wednesday, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton had some disagreements with the Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. The disagreement was about the monetization of the messaging service provided by WhatsApp. The co-founder then left the company.
Apart from Acton, Facebook-owned Instagram’s co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger were the recent senior executives who left the company on Monday. Many sources claim that the disagreements between them and Zuckerberg were the cause of their departures.
After spending eight years building WhatsApp, Acton left the social media company in September last year. His co-founder, Jan Koum also left in April and his loss as one of the strongest advocates for privacy inside Facebook was felt.
According to Forbes interview with Acton, he revealed that Facebook wanted to sell businesses tools to chat with WhatsApp users, then followed by analytics tools.
Acton also added that WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption stood in the way of Facebook’s idea, and managers at Facebook questioned and probed ways to offer businesses analytical insights to WhatsApp users while keeping the encrypted environment.
According to the reports, Acton had previously proposed monetizing WhatsApp through a metered-user model – a new feature which gave users only limited amount of free messages, and when they were used up, the app would charge them money. However, his plans were shot down by Sandberg saying, “It won’t scale”.
When Facebook was asked, it did not respond to a request for comment.