Instagram founders depart Facebook after clashes with Zuckerberg

Marco Green
September 25, 2018

The departure comes amid reports of tension between Instagrams' co-founders and Facebook's leadership.

Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom and Chief Technical Officer Mike Krieger notified Instagram and Facebook executives of their decision on Monday, the Times reported, citing unidentified sources described as having direct knowledge of the matter. A reason for their departures wasn't immediately known.

"We remain excited for the future of Instagram and Facebook in the coming years as we transition from leaders to two users in a billion".

Systrom wrote in a blog post on Monday that he and Krieger planned to take time off and explore "our curiosity and creativity again".

Mike and I are grateful for the last eight years at Instagram and six years with the Facebook team.

Zuckerberg said that he was looking forward to seeing what the pair did next adding that he had learned a lot from working with them.

It's the latest in a wave of executive departures of recent times, one that's proven a particular headache for Facebook.

A spokeswoman for Facebook deferred comment to Instagram. In 2016, it added the ability to post slideshows that disappear in 24 hours, a copy of Snapchat's popular "stories" feature.

For much of the past two years, Facebook has been criticized for its handling of user data and also for not preventing foreign interference.

Increased advertising on Instagram has seen the average price-per-ad across Facebook's apps decline this year after a year of upswing. A new privacy law in Europe has also affected prices.

Video content has been a major emphasis for Facebook as it seeks to satisfy advertisers' desire to stream more commercials online.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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