If partnering with Facebook meant that we had to change our values, we wouldn’t have done it. Instead, we are forming a partnership that would allow us to continue operating independently and autonomously. Our fundamental values and beliefs will not change. Our principles will not change. Everything that has made WhatsApp the leader in personal messaging will still be in place.
Koum made it personal by pointing out that he and his family fled the USSR because of the fear that the KGB was monitoring all their communication. “Respect for your privacy is coded into our DNA,” writes Koum. “And we built WhatsApp around the goal of knowing as little about you as possible”
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