This past month has caused Mark Zuckerberg Facebook to worry with the departure of Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. If that wasn’t enough, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton also spoke out in criticism of the company’s monetization attempts.
In his interview with Forbes, Acton spoke at length about his reasons for departing the company, primary among them being his accusation that CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg were both focused on making money off WhatsApp with targeted ads, even at the expense of its encryption.
In fact, he seemed to express regret for him and fellow co-founder Jan Koum selling the company to Facebook for $16 billion, and then subsequently leaving it. This despite the decision costing him over $800 million in stock.
David Marcus, Facebook’s VP of Messaging Products for a long time before switching to internal blockchain projects posted a blog titled ‘The other side of the story’. In it, he says Forbes’ interview “contained statements and recollection of events that differ greatly from the reality I witnessed first-hand.”
Marcus goes as far as saying Zuckerberg actually defended WhatsApp and its founders numerous times. When their team moved to the Facebook campus and supposedly demanded “much larger desks and personal space, a policy of not speaking out loud in the space, and conference rooms made unavailable to fellow Facebookers nearby,”