Facebook Security Chief Alex Stamos Leaves After Clashes Over Russian Disinformation Response

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.

A Facebook spokeswoman did not address whether Stamos is leaving, although she pointed to a tweet in which Stamos says he's still fully engaged at Facebook but that his role has changed.

In recent days, Facebook has had to battle claims that data breaches led to information about 50 million of its users being siphoned off by Cambridge Analytica, a voter-profiling company that worked on Donald Trump's election campaign.

Stamos' departure was reportedly decided on previous year, but the company chose to keep him on until August to help transition his duties to others - and so that it wouldn't look quite as bad for Facebook amid continued discoveries about Russia's abuse of the platform during the 2016 USA election.

The information security team that Stamos had overseen within the company has since been integrated into Facebook's product team, with the Times reporting that out of 120 staffers, only 3 are left as part of the original team. According to the Times, his departure is partly a result of company disputes regarding how much to share about nation states manipulating Facebook, and internal restructuring leading up to the 2018 midterm elections.

Facebook's security chief Alex Stamos is reportedly leaving the company. He also confirmed that his role internally has changed.

More recently, Stamos, who was one of Facebook's most vocal executives on Twitter, tweeted a thread over the weekend defending the company for its role in the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal before abruptly deleting the tweets. "He is a valued member of the team and we are grateful for all he does each and every day".

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

If he does leave, Stamos will be the first high-level employee to departure from Facebook since the platform's misinformation crisis came into public view. In fact, Facebook was set up to allow third parties to misuse data without any such difficulty.

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