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WhatsApp founder exits Facebook after clashes over privacy issues, UPI integration a bone of contention

The chief executive and co-founder of WhatsApp, Jan Koum, the Facebook-owned messaging app, is leaving the company over disagreements about privacy and encryption. According to a report in the Washington Post, Koum's decision is based on Facebook’s attempts to access personal data of users from the popular messaging service and weaken its encryption. Koum will also step down from Facebook’s board of directors, a role he negotiated when WhatsApp was acquired by the social media giant for $19 billion in 2014. “It’s been almost a decade since Brian [Acton] and I started WhatsApp, and it’s been an amazing journey with some of the best people. But it is time for me to move on,” wrote Koum in a Facebook post. Koum's exit adds to a long list of red flags on Facebook's handling of user data that have raised in the last few months starting with the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The other co-founder of WhatsApp Brian Acton had left Facebook in November and had endorsed the #DeleteFacebook social media campaign following news that Cambridge Analytica had improperly accessed data from 87 million Facebook users. Founders clashed with Facebook on UPI WaPo's report notes that the founders "clashed with Facebook over building a mobile payments system on WhatsApp in India." WhatsApp's payments system in India is powered by the Unified Payments Interface (UPI). We speculate that concerns of the WhatsApp founders may have stemmed from the fact that while all messaging on WhatsApp is end-to-end encrypted the payments service is not,…

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