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The ugly breakup between WhatsApp founders and Facebook leadership

Between the two founders of WhatsApp, there is a loss of $1.3Bn (in potential stock awards) if they leave Facebook before mid-August. Which they will.

Whatsapp vs Facebook [Via WSJ]
Whatsapp vs Facebook [Via WSJ]

The senior Facebook executives appeared to grow frustrated by the WhatsApp duo’s reasons to delay plans that would help monetize the service. Zuckerberg wanted WhatsApp executives to add more “special features” to the app, whereas Messrs. Koum and Acton liked its original simplicity.

Mr. Zuckerberg and Ms. Sandberg also wanted Koum and Acton to loosen their stance on encryption to allow more “business flexibility,” according to one person familiar with the matter. One idea was to create a special channel between companies and users on WhatsApp to deal with issues such as customer-service requests, people familiar with the matter said. That setup would let companies appoint employees or bots to field inquiries from users and potentially store those messages in a decrypted state later on.

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