Brian Acton, the co-founder of Facebook-owned WhatsApp will leave the messaging service company to start a new foundation, he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.
Previously a Yahoo employee, Acton co-founded WhatsApp with Ukrainian immigrant Jan Koum in 2009 and spent eight years with the company. WhatsApp was later in 2014 bought by Facebook for $19 billion in cash and stock.
“After 8 years at WhatsApp, I have decided to move on and start a new chapter in my life.
I am very fortunate at my age to have the flexibility to take new risks and focus on what I’m passionate about. I’ve decided to start a non-profit focused at the intersection of non-profit, technology and communications. It’s something I’ve thought about for a while, and now it’s time to just focus and execute. I’ll have more to share in the coming months.
This decision is, of course, a tough one. I’m proud of what our team has accomplished in only a few years, and it’s humbling to see that so many people rely on WhatsApp every day.”
Meanwhile, WhatsApp is testing the unsend feature for the app and could launch it really soon. Reportedly, the unsend/revoke button will enable users to recall any texts within a time of 5 minutes.
WaBetaInfo, the fan site for WhatsApp has revealed that the feature could be called ‘Delete for Everyone’ and is finally being tested. As per the leak, the feature is being tested on Android and iOS devices. The site states that the feature is now live and deleting all the messages before the receiver can read them. It will be remotely enabled later. The unsend button will reportedly be able to delete all types of messages like GIFs, videos, audio, and texts.
Further, the leaks suggest that the when the sender deletes the message for everyone, WhatsApp will delete it in the Notification Center.
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