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Facebook: two top executives to leave company

Facebook: two top executives to leave company

Facebook, which has been embroiled in a series of scandals, is losing two more top executives as it focuses on building a more "privacy-focused social platform".

Chris Cox, Facebook's VP of Product, and Chris Daniels, who has lead WhatsApp since the departure of founder Jan Koum, are both leaving the company.

Cox joined Facebook in 2005 and is largely responsible for the News Feed, one of Facebook's foundational features.

Originally published March 14, 1:19 p.m. Update, 1:48 p.m.: Includes more background and Zuckerberg's post to employees; 1:55 p.m.: Adds background about other executive departures; 2:15 p.m.: Includes post from Chris Cox.

FILE PHOTO: Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox speaks at Facebook Inc's annual F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, U.S. May 1, 2018. The shakeup is the second major management restructuring in as many years as the company also faces a number of controversies related to user privacy and fake news on its services.

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Chris Cox leaving the company at such an important time is quite a big deal. "At the same time, as we embark on this new chapter, Chris Daniels has also chose to leave the company".

The departures follow the resignations of Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger and WhatsApp's co-founder Jan Koum past year.

While Cox gave no specific reason for his move, he noted that Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has unveiled a new direction away from being the "digital town square" to focus on smaller-scale, private interactions.

"Since we have now decided on the basic direction of our family of apps for the next few years, I do not plan on immediately appointing anyone to fill Chris's role in the near term", Zuckerberg wrote.

Daniels took the helm of WhatsApp after founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton left the messaging app previous year, reportedly over disagreements about the increased integration of WhatsApp's operations with Facebook's. Daniels will be replaced by Will Cathcart as the head of WhatsApp, however.