Jan Koum

WhatsApp CEO says won't compromise user privacy for Facebook

Jan-KoumWashington, March 18 : Following Facebook's Whatsapp acquisition, the messaging app company's CEO Jan Koum has reassured Whatsapp users that their privacy will not be compromised for the social network giant.

Koum wrote in his blog post that his hit messaging application will not bend to its soon-to-be overlords at Facebook.

According to Cnet, after the news of Facebook acquiring WhatsApp for 19 billion dollars broke out, Koum promised the app's 465 million monthly active users that nothing would change.

WhatsApp founders in Forbes' global billionaires list

WhatsApp founders in Forbes' global billionaires listNew York, March 4 : Following Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp, the two founders of the popular mobile messaging service have now earned a new distinction - a place in the Forbes's list of global billionaires.

According to Forbes, 38-year-old Jan Koum, who ranks 202 in the list, is now worth $6.8 billion and 42-year-old Brian Acton (rank 551) is worth $3 billion.

Run by just 55 employees, WhatsApp has over 450 million active users.

WhatsApp founder apologises for `longest, biggest outage in years`

Jan KoumWashington, Feb 24 : WhatsApp founder Jan Koum has reportedly apologised for the recent four-hours-long outage experienced by all its users.

Days after the high-profile acquisition of the 450 million user strong service by Facebook for an eye popping 19 billion dollars, WhatsApp was marred by a long outage.

Koum acknowledged that it was their longest and biggest outage in years and affected all their users, The Verge reports.

According to the report, the outage was due to a faulty network router, which caused a cascading failure and ended up affecting WhatsApp servers.

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