Facebook CPO Chris Cox

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Chris Cox was considered one of Fb’s longest-serving executives and a confidante of Mr Zuckerberg.

Fb founder Mark Zuckerberg has introduced the departure of the agency’s chief product officer Chris Cox and head of WhatsApp Chris Daniels.

Mr Cox joined in 2005, a yr after Fb was based, whereas Mr Daniels took up his function solely a yr in the past.

No cause has explicitly been given for his or her departure.

The adjustments come shortly after Mr Zuckerberg outlined his plan to transform Facebook into a “privacy-focused platform.”

This week the social media large and its platforms WhatsApp and Instagram also experienced the worst outage in the company’s history. Fb later blamed the blackout on a “server configuration change”.

Mr Cox, a confidante of Mr Zuckerberg, began as a software program engineer on the agency and helped to construct a number of key options together with Information Feed.

He additionally held a number of senior roles, heading up human assets and serving to to launch Fb’s enterprise platform Office.

In a separate Fb put up, Mr Cox addressed the recent proposal to shift Fb additional in the direction of personal, encrypted communication.

“This can be a giant challenge and we are going to want leaders who’re excited to see the brand new route via.”

He didn’t give a cause for leaving, however Mr Zuckerberg insisted that he had “been discussing… his need to do one thing else” for a number of years.

Mr Daniels, in the meantime, began as head of Whatsapp after 5 years of working Web.org, an initiative to spice up web connectivity around the globe.

He can be changed by Will Cathcart, who at present heads up Fb’s cellular app. Fidji Simo, who ran the app whereas Mr Cathcart was away on paternity depart, will tackle his function.

No substitute has been introduced for Mr Cox.

Fb has misplaced a number of prime executives over the last two years, together with its common counsel, chief safety officer, and co-founders of WhatsApp, Instagram and Oculus, a digital actuality agency it purchased in 2014.

Fb has been sharply criticised up to now over lack of person privateness and the unfold of offensive content material and misinformation.

Despite the scandal, Facebook says its user numbers have continued to grow. It says the quantity of people that logged into its web site not less than as soon as a month jumped 9% final yr, to 2.32 billion folks.

Consumer numbers within the US – its second-largest market – have fallen by 15 million since 2017, nevertheless, in line with market analysis agency Edison Analysis.