Facebook promotes Senior engineer Evan Cheng as Director of Engineering, Blockchain
July 9, 2018 5:59 pm
Facebook is very serious about exploring the importance of the blockchain technology. After initiating a new blockchain division earlier this year, the social media giant has now promoted one of its senior engineers Evan Cheng as Director of Engineering, Blockchain.
Cheng is also posted as an advisor to blockchain startups and projects Zilliqa and ChainLink, as reported by the TechCrunch.
Facebook had formed a group earlier this May within the company to research blockchain technology and its possible use for the platform, headed by longtime Messenger chief David Marcus.
However, the latest executive reshuffle appears to indicate to the social networking giant getting more serious about growing on top of blockchain technology. Besides Cheng, the tech giant has also promoted Kevin Weil, former vice president of product at Instagram, as the vice president of product at their blockchain division, the report said.
“It means it’s not just an exploratory project,” is how one source who tracks the blockchain space speculatively, described Cheng’s move to Facebook’s blockchain team, the report said.
According to his LinkedIn page, Cheng has been working for Facebook since November 2015 and has been researching their Programming Languages and Runtimes, a position he held for nearly three years.
He also worked at Apple for over 10 years and is recognized as one of the inventors of LLVM — a compiler that makes low-level machine code for Apple devices.
Though Facebook hasn’t declared any intentions about how they would use blockchain technology on their platform, it is clear they are attempting this technology with interest. In the light of the data crises faced by Facebook, it is going to be fascinating to see how they employ this technology to enhance their services, the CCN reported.