Facebook: two top executives to leave company

Facebook is losing two important executives

The departures of chief product officer Chris Cox and WhatsApp vice president Chris Daniels were announced Thursday. Instead, the leaders of the Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram apps that Cox oversaw will report to Zuckerberg. And Simo, along with the head of Instagram Adam Mosseri, head of Messenger Stan Chudnovsky, and head of WhatsApp Will Cathcart, will report directly to Zuckerberg. "This place will forever be a part of me".

CEO Mark Zuckerberg reiterated that the company is organizing around a "privacy-focused" emphasis on private messaging, which he announced last week. He had left a graduate program at Stanford University to join Facebook in 2005 as a software engineer and helped developed its original news feed feature.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a blog post that does not plan on immediately appointing anyone to replace Cox.

Two top Facebook executives are leaving the company, and it's not clear what they're moving on to do.

SEE ALSO: Facebook's former chief security officer compares company to 'The Matrix.' Whoa. Daniels will be replaced by Will Cathcart as the head of WhatsApp, however. Zuckerberg wrote that Cox considered leaving years ago to pursue new projects, but he made a decision to stay in 2016, around the time Facebook began taking heat for acting as a conduit for misinformation and Russian election interference.

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Daniels has been at Facebook almost nine years, and previously led the company's Internet.org effort, a project aimed at bringing internet access to developing countries.

"Chris and I have worked closely together to build our products for more than a decade and I will always appreciate his deep empathy for the people using our services and the uplifting spirit he brings to everything he does", Zuckerberg wrote in a message to his employees today.

It also comes after an unprecedented global outage this week for Facebook and its other applications affecting millions of users, believed to be the worst ever for the network. In a memo to employees, Zuckerberg suggested the events were linked.

Fidji Simo will take over as the head of the Facebook app. "Facebook Inc.is a massive and evolving company, so it's only natural that in a company that large, not everyone will agree with every strategic change", she said.

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