WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum will leave the company over conflicts with Facebook, which bought the messaging service four years ago.
Koum, a Jewish billionaire originally from Ukraine, reportedly also will leave Facebook’s board of directors, according to The Washington Post, which cited people familiar with internal discussions. His date of departure has not been set.
Facebook purchased WhatsApp for $19 million in 2014.
It is believed that Koum is leaving due to disagreement with Facebook over the privacy of user data and the Cambridge Analytica scandal, though Facebook has not confirmed this.
(JTA) — Elliot Broidy, a major Jewish Republican donor and top fundraiser, has sued the government of Qatar and a Jewish lobbyist on its behalf for hacking and leaking his and his wife’s email accounts.
The federal lawsuit filed Monday in California alleges that the emails were leaked to show that Broidy is using his relationship with elected Republicans to influence policy decisions. Broidy also accuses Nicolas Muzin, whose lobbying firm Stonington Strategies has a $300,000 monthly contract with the government of Qatar, of working to discredit Broidy’s attempt to “educate the American people about Qatar,” Reuters reported.
(JTA) — Hundreds of mourners attended a funeral service for Blaze Bernstein, 19, a Jewish college student found dead in a park near his parents’ Southern California home after he went missing for nearly a week.
The funeral was held Monday at University Synagogue in Irvine, California.
Hours later, the Orange County Register, citing a search warrant affidavit obtained by the newspaper, reported that Bernstein had been stabbed more than 20 times, leading authorities to investigate whether the teen was killed in an act of rage.
Samuel Woodward, 20, a former classmate of Bernstein’s at the Orange County School…
(JTA) — An Israeli citizen living in California under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA status was jailed for nearly a week and threatened with deportation after making a wrong turn at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Orr Yakobi, 22, is a senior at the University of California, San Diego. He was brought to the U.S. by his parents at the age of 7 and is a so-called “dreamer,” named after the DREAM Act that instituted the DACA program. Under DACA, Yakobi is prohibited from travelling outside of the country.