Facebook’s Head of Product Leaves After Privacy Pivot

Last week, Mark Zuckerberg published a manifesto about privacy that offered up a new direction for the company, one based on encrypted messaging & the interoperability of all of the messaging platforms within Facebook. A shift to move the company toward a future dominated not by public feeds but by private, encrypted messaging.

Chris Cox, the Chief Product Officer at Facebook, who oversaw WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram soon after announced that we was leaving after 13 years with the organization. In this statement, he hinted that this move might have hastened his departure.

As Mark has outlined, we are turning a new page in our product direction, focused on an encrypted, interoperable, messaging network. It’s a product vision attuned to the subject matter of today: a modern communications platform that balances expression, safety, security, and privacy. This will be a big project, and we will need leaders who are excited to see the new direction through.

This makes sense as many of the projects he worked on—countering filter bubbles, fake news, and hate speech—become much harder when all the data is encrypted.


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