Brian Acton, one of the co-founders of WhatsApp, now owned by the social media giant Facebook, announced earlier this week that he would be leaving the communications platform. Acton also presented his plans of launching a nonprofit foundation following this departure.
Brian Acton, One of the Two Creators of WhatsApp
Acton is one-half of the original team that launched WhatsApp. Together with Jan Koum, the current CEO, he released the app some eight years ago. WhatsApp Messenger, a freeware, is a cross-platform instant messaging service specially designed for smartphones.
Its data is end-to-end encrypted, and users can now make voice calls, send text messages, media and audio files, contact details, GIFs, documents, and also user locations.
The app is held as being one of the most popular messaging application after having surpassed the one billion user base milestone back in February 2016. WhatsApp was acquired by the giant platform Facebook back in 2014.
Brian Acton took to his social media page to announce his departure from WhatsApp. Posted on Tuesday, September 12, he stated that this decision has been in the making for some time. Acton continued by pointing out that the time has come for him to “focus and execute” his latest plan.
He states that “I have decided to move on and start a new chapter in my life” – a “non-profit focused at the intersection of nonprofit, technology and communications.”
Acton also wrote that he would be releasing additional details about his soon to be founded non-profit foundation later on. He also declares that the decision to leave WhatsApp was “a tough one”, as he is proud of his team and what they’ve managed to accomplish in “only a few years”.
Brian Acton wrote that it is “humbling” to think of the team’s accomplishment especially when taking into consideration how many people use the app on the daily basis. WhatsApp reportedly has more than a billion active users on a daily basis and around 1.3 billion users.
According to sources allegedly familiar with the matter, Acton will reportedly leave the company sometime in November. WhatsApp or Facebook representatives have yet to comment the news.
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