Cox’s departure comes as Facebook is preparing its purported pivot to a privacy-focused social network, and just one day after the New York Times reported a criminal investigation into Facebook’s data-sharing agreements with more than 150 companies.
Chris Daniels, who was heading up WhatsApp, is also leaving.
Cox wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday;
“We are turning a new page in our product direction, focused on an encrypted, interoperable, messaging network. It’s a product vision attuned to the subject matter of today: a modern communications platform that balances expression, safety, security, and privacy. This will be a big project and we will need leaders who are excited to see the new direction through”.