A new report from The Information says that last week Google CEO Larry Page met with WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum in a last minute effort to try and stop Facebook from acquiring the company behind popular messaging app.
Page learned only a few days before that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg had made Koum an offer to buy the company, a deal which would also see Koum seated on Facebook's board of directors.
In a message to Koum, Larry Page said:
"Stay independent as you’ve always planned. You’re a big threat to Facebook. And joining Facebook would have a major impact on 'how things play out for years to come.'"
Zuckerburg felt that he had to preserve Facebook's online dominance in the light of WhatsApp increasing global popularity.