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Facebook meddling caused departure of Instagram founders, says UMD iSchool scholar


Dr. Jen Golbeck of the University of Maryland College of Information Studies attributes Facebook “meddling” after acquiring Instagram as a cause of the recent resignations of Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. Golbeck’s assertion was published Oct. 3 in the online business journal Knowledge@Wharton

“Facebook gets in there, and they promise to leave them alone and let them do their thing, then Facebook eventually starts meddling with them and trying to make them Facebook-like,” Golbeck said. “If you’ve built this thing and really have a vision for it as something different than Facebook, that can be disheartening.”

Facebook acquired Instagram in 2012. The Knowledge@Warton story also notes that it is not uncommon for founders to eventually leave after acquisitions, as visions and priorities evolve.


  • Click here for the UMD iSchool story on Dr. Golbek’s comments
  • Click here for the full story on Knowledge@Wharton