Facebook is undergoing a tricky transition as it tries to recover from two years of scandals over data privacy and disinformation. Those issues have buffeted the Silicon Valley giant, causing internal turmoil as its leaders have tried to find a way to adjust. Mr Zuckerberg has made several attempts to rid Facebook of toxic content, false news and other problems, with limited success.

Now, Mr Zuckerberg is barrelling ahead with his shift to focus Facebook on private messaging and away from public broadcasting, even if it means shedding some of his top lieutenants.

Mr Cox has worked with Mr Zuckerberg for 13 years and joined Facebook as one of its first 15 software engineers. Mr Cox also was instrumental in building the News Feed, the stream of posts that people see when they log into the service, and which more recently has been under scrutiny for being a hive of misinformation. Among some in Silicon Valley, he had been mentioned as a possible successor to Mr Zuckerberg.

“Embarking on this new vision represents the start of a new chapter for us,” Mr Zuckerberg said in a note to staff on Thursday. “While it is sad to lose such great people, this also creates opportunities for more great leaders who are energised about the path ahead to take on new and bigger roles.”

The New York Times

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