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Facebook人事大规模重组,增设区块链部门

区块链是什么?Facebook应该如何使用它?

寻找这些问题的答案现在成了Facebook高管David Marcus的责任,直到本周,他还在公司的独立消息应用程序Messenger任职。

知情人士透露,Marcus将离开Messenger来接管一个专门研究区块链技术的公司内部新团队。这个团队的规模不大,只有不到十几个人,但包含了来自Instagram的高管:Instagram的工程副总裁James Everingham和Instagram的副总裁Kevin Weil。

Facebook的这一部门整改举措非常值得注意,原因如下:

1.作为PayPal的前任总裁,Marcus拥有大量的支付专业知识,并且多年来一直负责Messenger且经历过很多重大变化。

2.作为所有加密货币技术基础——比如比特币——区块链风靡一时。Facebook追求区块链技术的决定无疑将为加密货币行业带来一些新变化,因为现阶段加密行业非常混乱。这并不意味着Facebook将推出自己的加密货币,但区块链的很多应用方式可以与加密货币无关,包括加密数据存储。不过,Marcus确实对加密货币有个人兴趣。他已经在去年12月加入加密货币交易所Coinbase董事会。

目前,Marcus已经在他的Facebook页面上确认了他的新任命。

What is the blockchain? And how should Facebook be using it?

Finding answers to those questions is now the responsibility of David Marcus, the Facebook executive who has, until this week, been running the company’s standalone messaging app, Messenger.

Marcus is leaving Messenger to take over a new internal team dedicated to exploring blockchain technology, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. The team will be small at launch, fewer than a dozen people, but will include a few key Instagram executives who are moving over to join Marcus: Instagram’s VP of Engineering, James Everingham, and Instagram’s VP of Product, Kevin Weil.

Messenger’s head of product, Stan Chudnovsky, will take over the Messenger app and its team.

The move is noteworthy for a couple of reasons:

As the former president of PayPal, Marcus has a lot of payments expertise and has been in charge of Messenger through a lot of significant changes over the years. In fact, Facebook’s decision to split Messenger out of the core app so that users had to download the standalone app in order to receive messages on mobile happened during Marcus’s first month on the job. He oversaw Messenger’s push into customer service bots, shopping and, more recently, advertising. His departure from that role is notable, especially since Messenger is just starting to ramp up its advertising business.

The blockchain, which serves as the technical foundation for all cryptocurrencies — like bitcoin — is all the rage. Facebook’s decision to pursue blockchain technology will most certainly add some validity to the crypto industry, which has been very chaotic. This doesn’t mean that Facebook will build its own cryptocurrency, but there are many ways that blockchain technology could be used that have nothing to do with cryptocurrencies, including encrypted data storage. Marcus does have a personal interest in cryptocurrencies, though. He joined the board of cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase in December.

In his new role, Marcus will report to Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer; Chudnovsky will report to Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox. Both new roles are part of a much larger Facebook re-org that was announced internally this week; it is arguably the company’s biggest restructuring in history.

Update: Marcus confirmed his new role on his Facebook page Tuesday afternoon.

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