Instagram’s 2 Founders have quit after clashing with Mark Zuckerberg

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The two founders of Instagram have quit and are leaving the Facebook-owned company after reportedly clashing with Mark Zuckerberg over the future direction of the popular photo app.

There has been reported tension between Zuckerberg and Instagram creators Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger for some time, with the pair resigning and due to leave the company in a few weeks.

Their statements claim they remain excited for the future of Instagram, but according to Bloomberg, the pair were frustrated with the increasing involvement of Zuckerberg in the company’s day-to-day running.

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@mikeyk and I are grateful for the last eight years at Instagram and six years with the Facebook team. 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. We’ve loved learning to scale a company and nurture an enormous global community. And we couldn’t have done it without our amazing Instagram team, and the support of @zuck, @sherylsandberg, @schrep, and @chriscox at Facebook – we’ve learned so much from all of you. Now, we’re ready for our next chapter. 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; that’s what we plan to do. We remain excited for the future of Instagram and Facebook in the coming years as we transition from leaders to just two users in a billion. Thank you for being part of Instagram’s community. It’s been (and will continue to be) an honor 🙌🏻

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In a statement, Systrom said:

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 1,000, with offices around the world, all while building products used and loved by a community of over one billion. 

The pair claim they are “ready for [their] next chapter,” and alluded to the possibility of creating something new in saying that they aimed to “explore [their] curiosity and creativity again.”

Facebook purchased Instagram back in 2012 for $1 billion. Back then, the platform had 30 million users, in comparison to the 1 billion people who use the app monthly now.

Whether Instagram will become more like Facebook now that its creators are no longer around remains to be seen.