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Two top executives are leaving Facebook as the company overhauls its ‘vision’ in the wake of numerous privacy scandals.
Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox, long one of CEO Mark Zuckerberg's top deputies, will leave the social media network.
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The firm is also losing WhatsApp Vice President Chris Daniels.
Zuckerberg, who announced the departures in a blog post on Thursday, explained that the moves come as Facebook has settled on a strategy for the future of its 'family' of apps, centered around enabling encryption and 'interoperability' between the apps.
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Will Cathcart, vice president of product management, will now lead WhatsApp and Head of Video, Games and Monetization Fidji Simo will be the new head of the Facebook app, Zuckerberg said.
'This is an important change as we begin the next chapter of our work building the privacy-focused social foundation for the future,' he added in the blog post.
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The company does not immediately plan to appoint anyone to fill Cox's role in the near term, he said.
It isn't clear what future plans the executives have.
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Zuckerberg wrote that Cox considered leaving years ago to pursue new projects, but he decided to stay in 2016, around the time Facebook began taking heat for acting as a conduit for misinformation and Russian election interference.
'After 2016, we both realized we had too much important work to do to improve our products for society, and he stayed to help us work through these issues and help us chart a course for our family of apps going forward,' Zuckerberg explained.
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He added that the company has made 'real progress on many issues,' and has a strategy for the future of its myriad services, focused on private messaging, stories and groups the 'foundation' of the apps.
Importantly, this includes encryption and 'interoperability' across all the services, Zuckerberg...
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