Only one day after the most important blackout in the history of the company (Facebook and the entire family of applications – WattsApp, Instagram… – were inaccessible for 14 hours), Mark Zuckerberg has had to face another news of a negative nature.
“The managers did not agree with the reorientation of the company towards a private and encrypted messaging system.”
Two senior officials of the firm have submitted their resignation. One of them, the Product Manager (CPO) of Facebook, responsible for all applications of the business conglomerate and right hand of Mark Zuckerberg: Chris Cox. The manager had been working on Facebook for 13 years and is the first high-level employee to leave the firm after security problems and scandals experienced a few months ago.
Cox was responsible for the organization of News Feed for years and how Facebook’s algorithm selects the content that users will see first. In his social networks he has said that he leaves the company “with great sadness”.
Before he made this publication, Mark Zuckerberg sent all the employees of the company an internal note in which he communicated the decision of Chris Cox. He points out that the fact that the company wants to turn more towards encrypted instant messaging than the social network itself is one of the reasons why the manager decides to leave. “It will be a great project and we need leaders who are happy about this new orientation,” says the founder of Facebook in the letter. It can not be clearer.
Zuckerberg acknowledges that Cox had repeatedly expressed his intention to leave the company in recent years. However, he had agreed with him to stay working in the firm as a “transition”. Now it’s time to start.
Chris Cox will not be replaced and his position will be “vacant” for the time being. But his is not the only exit that has been announced now, given that the head of WhatsApp, Chris Daniels, also leaves, unwilling to continue with the change of course that has marked Mark Zuckerberg.