The two founders of Instagram, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, have released a statement on the Instagram blog page that they plan to resign from their company, 6 years after they created the most popular photo app. The app was created in 2010, and later sold to Facebook, with the duo at the management of the company.
In a statement on the instagram blog page, the Chief Executive Officer, Systrom said,
“We’re planning on taking some time off to explore our curiosity and creativity again. Building new things requires that we step back, understand what inspires us and match that with what the world needs”
According to a BBC news radio podcast, Instagram was very popular because it was not Facebook.
Many people have over the years been disappointed by the way Facebook treats user data, and issues of privacy of its users. The two are rumoured to have had internal disputes with the Facebook billionaire.
For the same reason, the founders of Whatsapp which was also acquired by Facebook quit the company.
The fate of the company is unclear, and neither is reaction of users who might worry what Facebook has been doing or is going to do with their personal data.
“We look forward to watching what these innovative and extraordinary companies do next” he said in the statement.
In response, Mark Zuckerberg commented on twitter about their departure.
“I wish them all the best and I’m looking forward to seeing what they build next” the tweet reads.