Instagram's Founders Are Unexpectedly Leaving 'To Explore Our Curiosity'

Instagram's Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger will apparently leave in a matter of weeks

Instagram's CEO Kevin Systrom and CTO Mike Krieger announced to the company on Monday they would be leaving their roles for the Facebook-owned app. We've grown from 13 people on the team to over a thousand with offices around the world, all while building products used and loved by a community of over one billion.

In a blog post, Mr Systrom said: "We're now ready for our next chapter."

Two years into Instagram's tenure-which began only eight years ago!-the famously prescient Mark Zuckerberg bought Instagram for $1 billion in cash and stock, seeing in the burgeoning company the promise of a tech giant.

It was not immediately clear when their last day will be, but it will be soon, according to Instagram.

"Facebook officials, including Mr. Zuckerberg, clashed with the co-founders over growth tactics and how to more rapidly expand the photo-sharing app's user base", the Wall Street Journal reports. "I've learned a lot working with them for the past six years and have really enjoyed it". And many founders do leave companies after they're acquired to start something new. Some inside Instagram feel as though Facebook is failing to promote Instagram's growth or even actively hindering it, Recode's sources said. Facebook, which is running out of people in the world to add to its product, has become increasingly reliant on the photo-sharing app for its future.

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The news comes following months of turmoil and scandals for Facebook, from Cambridge Analytica's misappropriation of tens of millions of Facebok users' data to sustained fallout from the spread of Russian propaganda during the 2016 election. Conceivably, Systrom and Krieger could create a better version of Instagram.

It became the fourth Facebook platform to eclipse the billion-user mark, including the namesake social network with more than two billion users, and the messaging applications WhatsApp and Messenger.

Systrom and Krieger met through Stanford University and worked separately in Silicon Valley before forming Instagram in 2010.

The optics are bad, first off. Facebook is trying to project confidence that it's moving past its two years of near constant crises involving foreign propaganda infecting the social network, of people and government officials using Facebook and its WhatsApp app to incite violence, and realisations stemming from this year's Cambridge Analytica scandal that Facebook may not be worthy of people's trust with their private time and digital lives.

These days, Instagram is Facebook's most prized possession, though the ouroboros of Instagram and Facebook is hard to parse.

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