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Facebook product chief Chris Cox exits after announcement of message encryption plans

Facebook’s Chief Product Officer Chris Cox will be leaving the company days after CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced its plans to shift Facebook’s strategy toward creating an encrypted messaging network across its apps.

Cox who has been part of Facebook for 13 years and was one of the social network’s first 15 software engineers announced his exit from the company.

Part of his Facebook post says: “As Mark has outlined, 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.”

Zuckerberg, in a blog post, meanwhile expressed his appreciation to Cox for his “deep empathy for the people using our services and the uplifting spirit he brings to everything he does.”