Co-Founder and WhatsApp Boss Jan Koum Quits
Co-founder and chief executive Jan Koum plans to quit his position at the popular messaging service. In his recent post on Facebook, he said that he plans to be “taking some time off to do things I enjoy outside of technology”.
According to a report from Washington Post, Jan Koum had some differences with their parent company, Facebook about the future of WhatsApp and their strategy. Mr. Koum also objected to Facebook attempts to use personal data of WhatsApp users and to weaken the apps encryption standards.
In a statement, Mr. Koum said:
“It’s been almost a decade since Brian Acton and I started WhatsApp, and it’s been an amazing journey with some of the best people. But it is time for me to move on. The team is stronger than ever and it’ll continue to do amazing things… And I’ll still be cheering WhatsApp on – just from the outside.”
Brian Acton and Jan Koum co-founded and established WhatsApp messaging service in 2009. Later on, they sold the app to Facebook in 2014 for $19 billion.
The two co-founders highlighted the protection and independence of WhatsApp user data, which was a main condition of the Facebook takeover. According to reports, their relationship with Facebook was not going as planned. Brian Acton left the company last year in November and joined a large group of executives who started criticizing the company.
Facebook has recently revealed that data of 85 million users was recently used for political purposes.
Logan Paul Ends Daily Vlog Series
One of the most popular YouTube Vloggers, Logan Paul has announced that he will no longer release his videos on a daily basis. The 23-year-old started his Daily Vlog series in September 2016 and has more than 17 million subscribers.
Logan said that his channel will go forward but that he wants “to exercise creativity in different ways”.
Others who tried to do a daily vlog have struggled with the demands. Logan had a rough time this year after posting a video of an apparent suicide victim which started a debate that mostly went in the direction criticizing Logan. The backlash resulted in briefly suspending all of the ads on his video, despite his apologies for that video. The long-term consequences of the video could be this, ending his daily vlogs and slowing down a little bit.
Alex Brinnand, co-editor of the news site TenEighty said:
“Logan tries to position himself as a kind of thought-leader, but in a sort of fun, boisterous, playful way that appeals to a younger demographic. But because of the size of his audience and its age, he’s been in a position of authority, and has been a mouthpiece not only for the younger generations but the YouTube community as well.”
Logan has 536 daily vlogs and in the recent few weeks, he skipped several days.
Legal Battle Over France.com Domain
The French government is being sued over the way they took over the France.com domain. In 2015, the country started legal action against Frenchman Jean-Noel Frydman, who was the first one to register the France.com domain in 1994.
In 2017, a court ruled in Fence’s favor and the government started to lobby the domain host web.com in order to take full control of the stated domain. Mr. Frydman has built a business around the domain and he claims that France has illegally seized the site. The domain France.com was taken away from him without any prior warning in March this year. Mr. Frydman started legal action in Virginia to regain a control of the France.com domain. He is suing the French Republic, claiming that the government did not buy the domain, however, they misused the legal system in order to seize the domain.
Mr. Frydman established the France.com site, as an information site for French people and for those who wanted to learn more about the culture.
Much of the information about French culture published on the website and events had been created with the help of the French government, including its Ministry of Foreign Affair, which is also a part of the lawsuit.
Despite official collaboration, the 2015 legal action stated that the owner of the France.com domain did not have official permission to use the domain.