Two more top Facebook executives leave the company

Facebook's chief product officer and head of Whatsapp are leaving

"As Mark has outlined, we are turning a new page in our product direction, focused on an encrypted, interoperable, messaging network".

In a note to employees about Cox's departure, Zuckerberg said Cox had been talking to him for a few years about doing something else but chose to stay after 2016 to help improve the social network. Cox didn't offer any explanation for his departure. Cox, who has been with the company for 13 years, announced his departure in a blog post Thursday without explaining what led to his exit. "As we embark on this next major chapter, Chris has decided now is the time to step back from leading these teams". "That said, it's too soon to tell whether the two are related here".

SEE ALSO: Facebook's former chief security officer compares company to 'The Matrix.' Whoa. "Instead, the leaders of Facebook (Fidji Simo), Instagram (Adam Mosseri), Messenger (Stan Chudnovsky), and WhatsApp (Will Cathcart) will report directly to me, and our Chief Marketing Officer (Antonio Lucio) will report directly to Sheryl". And growing viewership and advertising on videos are of growing importance to both the Facebook and WhatsApp apps. In the future, Zuckerberg predicted, Facebook's users will be posting more in messaging apps than they do on their public News Feeds.

While Zuckerberg also said that Cox had spoken before about his desire to leave the company, that his departure is tied directly to Facebook's so-called privacy pivot, is significant.

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The move will more tightly integrate the three apps - a move that critics say could have potential antitrust implications and which reportedly has sparked disagreement among some of Facebook's senior employees.

Daniels, who had worked on Facebook initiatives in developing countries, had moved a year ago to WhatsApp, which is more popular than Facebook in many big emerging markets. Daniels will be replaced by Will Cathcart as the head of WhatsApp, however.

Zuckerberg still has a number of long-time product and engineering lieutenants.

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