03 May, 2018
However, Facebook hasn't revealed when exactly group calling will drop in, simply stating that it'll be coming in the months ahead.
Acton left WhatsApp late previous year and joined in the growing backlash against Facebook, endorsing a campaign that encouraged users to delete their profiles from the social network.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg quickly commented on Koum's Facebook post about his departure, writing "Jan: I will miss working so closely with you".
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The co-founder of WhatsApp, a messaging service owned by Facebook with more than a billion daily users, said on Monday he was leaving the company, in a loss of one of the strongest advocates for privacy inside Facebook. It was at Ernst and Young that Koum met the fellow business partner and co-founder of WhatsApp, Brian Acton. "Those values will always be at the heart of WhatsApp". Well, since last October, we have been hearing about WhatsApp testing voice and video group calls, and now, on the first day of its F8 annual developer conference, WhatsApp parent Facebook has finally confirmed that group video calls are coming to WhatsApp. Koum was included as one of the board members when Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014 for about 19 billion dollars.
As usual, WhatsApp did not give any timeline for the rollout of both the features, but with the company already working on them, it will be a matter of time for the company to push them to the users. And I'll still be cheering WhatsApp on - just from the outside. The company has been severely criticized for allowing the Russian government to influence American voters before the 2016 presidential race. Facebook's enormous profits, meanwhile, are powered nearly entirely by advertising targeted to its users' interests.
Read alsoZuckerberg: Facebook in "arms race" with Russia-backed groups - mediaBut the perceived invasion of WhatsApp user privacy drove a wedge between Koum and the parent company well before the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke.
Brian Acton, the other Co-founder of WhatsApp, had left in November previous year and openly supported the #DeleteFacebook movement too.