Facebook’s chief product officer Chris Cox, best known as the chief architect of the social network’s news feed. Has announced his exit from the company.
Once viewed as a potential successor to Mark Zuckerberg himself Cox’s departure coincides with plans to reconfigure the company towards encryption-based services in the wake of a series of privacy and fake news scandals.
In a blog post explaining his departure Cox implied that a move toward a single encrypted messaging service played a role in his decision, saying: “As Mark has outlined, we are turning a new page in our product direction, focused on an encrypted, interoperable, messaging network … This will be a big project and we will need leaders who are excited to see the new direction through.”
Cox has been at the heart of Facebook for 13 years, having first joined as a software engineer in 2005. Since then he has steadily worked his way through the ranks, culminating in oversight of Facebook’s entire suite of apps in May 2018.
In January this year Facebook announced that it would marry the chat functionality of Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram in a single service.