After enduring a tense relationship with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger have resigned. The pair who founded Instagram sold the image sharing company 6 years ago for a whopping $1 million.
Kevin Systrom released a statement saying, “Mike and I are grateful for the last eight years at Instagram and six years with the Facebook team. We’ve grown from 13 people to over a thousand with offices around the world, all while building products used and loved by a community of over one billion. We’re now ready for our next chapter.”
The pair claim the reason for their resignation was to explore their curiosity and creativity again. There are doubts, however, that this is just as a result of tensions having boiled over with Zuckerberg.
The tension between both sides is mainly because of terms of agreements being violated. It is understood that there have been too many linkages between Facebook and Instagram. Instagram users are now sharing things on Facebook. Facebook notifications are also being pushed inside Instagram. Now there is a Facebook button inside Instagram’s settings, which Kevin Systrom was strongly against.
Facebook and Instagram had an agreement which stated that Facebook would allow Instagram to operate independently but that had clearly not been the case. This clash is brightly reminiscent about a similar clash between Mark Zuckerberg and Jan Koum and Brian Acton, founders of WhatsApp. Acton, who finally left one year ago, tweeted ‘deleteFacebook’ because of how the company handles its users’ data and privacy.