The billionaire chief executive of WhatsApp, Jan Koum, is planning to leave the company after clashing with its parent, Facebook, over the popular messaging service’s strategy and Facebook’s attempts to use its personal data and weaken its encryption, according to people familiar with internal discussions.
As the most popular messaging application in the world, WhatsApp is one of the largest treasure troves of user data not yet exploited for targeted advertising thanks to its end-to-end encryption. Facebook must be itching to start injecting ads into WhatsApp and to scan messages for optimal targeting.
If the WhatsApp guys cared about the privacy of their users they wouldn’t have sold their company to Facebook in the first place. Seriously, if someone pays 19 billions for your company even though it barely makes a profit you’re an idiot if you don’t think they’ll monetize it in any way they can.
I can certainly understand why you’d take that deal but FFS, stop pretending you give a shit about your users privacy because you don’t. You cared more about being set for life.
Edited 2018-05-01 08:21 UTC