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Chris Cox, Product Manager and close confidant of CEO Mark Zuckerberg, announced "with great sadness" to leave the company after 13 years. In a posting he referred to the reason to the reorientation announced by Zuckerberg towards encrypted intelligence services and more privacy. "It's going to be a big project, and we'll need leaders who are excited to push the reorientation," says Cox.

During his time with the online giant Cox had co-authored, among other things, the Facebook Newsfeed, get over the users information leaked. Ads in this newsfeed are primarily responsible for the billion-dollar profits of the online network. The turnaround announced last week by Zuckerberg raises the question of what Facebook's business model should look like in the future.

"I will miss Chris very much"

The Facebook boss made an effort not to let Cox's departure look like a rift. "For some years, Chris has talked to me about his desire to do something different," Zuckerberg wrote in a blog post. "But after the year 2016" – a nod to the criticism of Facebook's role in the US presidential election – both would have decided that there is still too much to improve on the online network. "I will miss Chris very much," said Zuckerberg.

The two men are also privately known as friends. The 36-year-old Cox was little known to the public, but was number three in the Facebook ranking after Zuckerberg and CEO Sheryl Sandberg. Last year, Zuckerberg had given him overall oversight over all of the group's apps: the central Facebook application, as well as Instagram and the chat services WhatsApp and Messenger. This Cox was already some industry observers as crown prince. His current post will initially not be filled. In future, the bosses of the individual apps should instead report directly to Zuckerberg.

WhatsApp boss Chris Daniels will leave the US group. Zuckerberg said in a letter to the employees. His successor will Will Cathcart, who was last responsible for the Facebook app. Zuckerberg described Cathcart as "one of the most talented executives in our company."

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