Facebook security chief reportedly leaving after clashes over disinformation


Inside Facebook, Stamos had been strongly advocating for investigating and disclosing Russian activity on the social media platform, often to the consternation of top executives, including Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, the newspaper said. Stamos joined Facebook in 2015 from Yahoo, where he had been chief information security officer.

The report noted that Stamos' daily responsibilities "were reassigned to others in December". He has not commented on any future plans to depart the organization entirely-a tweet clarifying his role after The New York Times report did not dispute the report's claim that he is leaving Facebook in August.

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. "I'm now spending more time exploring emerging security risks and working on election security", Stamos wrote. 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 previous year. In a tweet, Stamos said his role changed, but "I'm now spending more time exploring emerging security risks and working on election security".

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The report comes on the heels of revelations that Trump campaign-affiliated Cambridge Analytica had been able to obtain personal data on tens of millions of Facebook users without their consent.

Facebook's reputation is already under attack over Russia's alleged use of Facebook tools to sway US voters with divisive and false news posts before and after the 2016 election.

In a statement to CNN, a spokesperson for Facebook said he is still the CSO.

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In recent months, Stamos has been among the Facebook executives willing to talk about the company and its ongoing problems on Twitter. He was asked by Facebook to stay through August for optics.

In Britain, parliamentary committee chair Damian Collins said both Cambridge Analytica and Facebook had questions to answer.

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