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WhatsApp founder plans to leave after broad clashes with parent Facebook

WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum, seen here in October 2016, is planning to leave the company after clashing with its parent, Facebook. Foto: Bloomberg photo by Patrick T. Fallon

SAN FRANCISCO -- 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.

Koum, who sold WhatsApp to Facebook for more than $19 billion in 2014, also plans to step down from Facebook's board of directors, according to these people. The date of his departure isn't known. He has been informing senior executives at Facebook and WhatsApp of his decision, and in recent months has been showing up less frequently to WhatsApp's offices on Facebook's campus in Silicon Valley, according to the people...

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