Published: Tue, March 20, 2018
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

Facebook security chief reportedly leaving the company

Facebook security chief reportedly leaving the company

But in doing so, he has clashed with other top executives, including COO Sheryl Sandberg, the Times reported, citing current and former employees who asked not to be identified.

Unlike other top executives at the company, the Times reported, Stamos has always been an advocate for investigating Russian propaganda and other "disinformation" spread on Facebook.

Stamos responded Monday to the report with a tweet that didn't explicitly address whether he meant to leave Facebook. "Alex Stamos continues to be the Chief Security Officer (CSO) at Facebook", a spokesperson said. After his day-to-day responsibilities were reassigned to others in December, he announced his intentions to leave, but was asked to remain on through August, according to today's Times report.

Facebook has come under fire from Congress and other politicians for the Russian disinformation reportedly spread on the social media giant.

Facebook said in an emailed statement that Stamos remains the company's chief security officer, without acknowledging any change in his role. He has held this position for almost three years and leads our security efforts especially around emerging security risks. Stamos has been helping his team transition to Facebook's product and infrastructure divisions; the security veteran once oversaw over 120, but now reportedly only three people answer to him. "He is a valued member of the team and we are grateful for all he does each and every day". He'd be the first high-profile employee to quit over disinformation on the platform.

In 2015, Stamos quit his post at Yahoo! after a little less than a year.

In now-deleted tweets sent this weekend, Stamos pushed back against calling the Cambridge Analytica data grab a "breach", explaining that the company had since updated its interface "to remove the ability to see this kind of friend data", a move he said was "controversial with app developers at the time".

"Kogan [the contractor working for Cambridge Analytica] did not break into any systems, bypass any technical controls, or use a flaw in our software to gather more data than allowed".

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