Facebook security chief is reportedly leaving over misinformation dispute

Ivan Schwartz
March 21, 2018

Stamos confirmed only that his role has changed at Facebook, but not that he will leave the company in August. Much of the internal disagreement is rooted in how much Facebook should publicly share about how nation states misused the platform and debate over organizational changes in the run-up to the 2018 midterm elections, according to current and former employees briefed on the matter.

We have updated the story accordingly.

The New York Times, citing current and former Facebook employees, said Stamos was a strong advocate for disclosing Russian activity on the platform, often to the consternation of top executives, including Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.

Facebook has chose to relieve its head of security, Alex Stamos, after several disagreements with way of managing Russian activity in social network, so-called fake news.

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In January, most of the security team was moved under Jay Parikh, who oversees Facebook's engineering and infrastructure teams, and Mr. Rosen, who now also runs Facebook's community operations division, the people said. The company persuaded him to stay on through August because - in case you haven't noticed - Facebook has been in the middle of the biggest crisis of its life since the full extent of the disinformation campaign became clear past year. "I'm now spending more time exploring emerging security risks and working on election security", he tweeted. The New York Times reported that he plans to stay at Facebook until August.

Its exit is considered first after natural disaster in which company has been immersed after knowing scope of Cambridge analytics, which had more than 50 million profiles for its electoral experiments, including last electoral campaign in states United. When this news broke, Stamos took to Twitter to defend and contextualize Facebook's actions, arguing that the incident did not amount to a "data breach".

It should be noted that several other prominent platforms, like Android and iOS, allow access to friend (contact) data with user permission. Stamos said he, "should have done a better job weighing in".

"Facebook has gotten a lot of bad press, but let's also give them more credit for being more open than any other tech company in their space", Mr. "We have collectively been too optimistic about what we build and our impact on the world", he wrote on Twitter.

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