Two more top Facebook executives leave the company

Marco Green
March 15, 2019

Chris Cox was put in charge of some of Facebook's most important features, including Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp - which together have over 2.7 billion users worldwide.

Facebook's top executive in charge of all products, Chris Cox, the longtime confidant of Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, is leaving the company, the highest-level departure at the social media giant and follows almost two years of sustained crises.

Two top Facebook executives are leaving the company, and it's not clear what they're moving on to do. Cox started off at Facebook as an engineer working on News Feed, but he later moved on to other parts of the company and became one of the biggest leaders at the company after Mark Zuckerberg.

The news of Cox's departure comes a week after Zuckerberg announced a new "privacy-focused" mission for Facebook that will emphasise private messaging over public sharing.

Cox is among Facebook's highest-ranking executives and has been at the company for more than 13 years. In a memo to employees, Zuckerberg suggested the events were linked.

A campaigner from a political pressure group protests as founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg failed to attend a meeting on fake news held by Parliament's Digital, Culture Media and Sport committee in London November 27, 2018.

"Since we have now decided on the basic direction of our family of apps for the next few years, I do not plan on immediately appointing anyone to fill Chris's role in the near term", Zuckerberg wrote. Longtime Facebook executive Will Cathcart will head up WhatsApp.

"This is an important change as we begin the next chapter of our work building the privacy-focused social foundation for the future".

Cox and Daniels are among a string of executives who've left Facebook since 2017. Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, WhatApp's Brian Acton and Jan Koum and Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey have also departed. Cox didn't offer any explanation for his departure. He did point out Facebook is "turning a new page" by focusing more on messaging and encryption. It's a product vision attuned to the subject matter of today: a modern communications platform that balances expression, safety, security, and privacy.

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