Facebook: two top executives to leave company

Facebook: two top executives to leave company

Facebook: two top executives to leave company

Facebook's top executive in charge of all products, Chris Cox, the longtime confidant of Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, is leaving the company, the highest-level departure at the social media giant and follows almost two years of sustained crises.

In his blog post, Zuckerberg said that Cox had told him that he planned to move on several years ago, but that Cox chose to hold off on leaving until the company made more progress combating misinformation and Russian meddling - controversies that erupted in the wake of the 2016 election. I'm deeply grateful for everything Chris Cox and Chris Daniels have done here, and I'm looking forward to working with Will and Fidji in their new roles as well as everyone who will be critical to achieving this vision.

These apps have been distinct until recently, when Zuckerberg announced plans to unify them under a banner of/with a new focus on privacy. He's shown here with CEO Mark Zuckerberg. In a note to employees about Cox's departure, Zuckerberg said Cox had been talking to him for a few years about doing something else but made a decision to stay after 2016 to help improve the social network.

Reversing course, Facebook will not appoint a direct replacement for Cox. The longtime Facebook executive Will Cathcart will head up WhatsApp.

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

While Zuckerberg also said that Cox had spoken before about his desire to leave the company, that his departure is tied directly to Facebook's so-called privacy pivot, is significant. Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, WhatApp's Brian Acton and Jan Koum and Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey have also departed. Cox, who has been with the company for 13 years, announced his departure in a blog post Thursday without explaining what led to his exit.

"As Mark has outlined, we are turning a new page in our product direction, focused on an encrypted, interoperable, messaging network", Cox wrote.

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.

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