Report says Facebook security chief to leave

Gladys Abbott
March 21, 2018

Its exit is considered first after quake 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.

Stamos reportedly met with resistance by colleagues when he had advocated more disclosure around Russian interference of the platform and some restructuring to better address the issues.

"If Facebook were forced to change the way it uses data or the way its ad products work, then advertisers may become less enamored with it", Williamson warned.

Stamos is now working in a new role in the company.

A well-known figure in the world of cybersecurity, Stamos' day-to-day responsibilities were assigned to others in December - prompting him to make plans to leave, the Times said. But he was convinced to stay until August to help see through the transition of his responsibilities, according to the report. His group, which once had 120 people, now has three, the current and former employees said.

Times reporter Sheera Frenkel said on Twitter that the Times report was based on interviews with seven different people.

We have updated the story accordingly.

In a tweet following the report, Stamos said he was "still fully engaged" at Facebook, despite the "rumors". "I'm now spending more time exploring emerging security risks and working on election security", he said.

"To be clear, the security team has never been prevented or discouraged from investigating any Russian activity by any executives", he later added.

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As Facebook's never ending string of crises continues, internal disagreements have prompted its chief security officer to leave.

Stamos would be the first high-ranking employee to leave Facebook since controversy erupted over disinformation on its site. The search company, which was bought by Verizon a year ago, had suffered three major data leaks which it disclosed in 2016 and 2017.

For Facebook, Mr. Stamos's departure would be "a blow", said Thomas Rid, a professor of strategic studies at Johns Hopkins University.

For Facebook, word of Stamos's planned parting couldn't come at a worse time.

Stamos made waves on Twitter this weekend when he criticized The New York Times and the Guardian for their portrayals of the way data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica used Facebook user data.

"Despite the rumours, I'm still fully engaged with my work at Facebook", he tweeted.

Meanwhile, Sandberg and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg are nowhere to be found.

Likewise, Facebook's statement entirely ignored questions about the August date. The tweets said the situation, in which the firm accessed information from millions of Facebook accounts, wasn't a data breach or a leak.

Facebook had no problem giving away that data until it changed its data-sharing policies just before Stamos came on board.

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