Will Cathcart is the head of WhatsApp, where he oversees development of the digital technologies that connect the world.

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Will Cathcart leads WhatsApp, the world's largest private messaging service. His team is at the center of the debate between technologists, governments and human rights activists on whether everyone, including you, will have the ability to communicate privately and securely online. He joined Facebook in 2010 and worked on a number of the company's product efforts. In 2018, he became the vice president of the Facebook App, where he oversaw development and strategy.

Before joining Facebook, Cathcart worked at Google and was responsible for product development of anti-spam technologies for Google's products, including Gmail. He graduated from Colgate University with a bachelor's degree in mathematical economics.

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