Published: Tue, March 20, 2018
Sci-tech | By Lila Blake

Top Facebook security executive says he's still with the company

Top Facebook security executive says he's still with the company

The New York Times had reported Monday that Stamos would be stepping down after clashing with other executives, including Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, over how Facebook responded to the activity of Russian trolls on the platform. "Alex Stamos continues to be the Chief Security Officer (CSO) at Facebook", the statement said. Nearly all of the 120 employees have now been reassigned to product and infrastructure teams, according to the report; it's unclear if Facebook maintains some other dedicated security team, or if this means security teams are now integrated into other departments. "Despite the rumors, I'm still fully engaged with my work at Facebook".

The report raises uncomfortable questions about Facebook's response to the fake news furor, even as executives insisted Monday that would pursue "rigorously" the Cambridge Analytica issue. 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 said in an emailed statement that Stamos remains the company's chief security officer, without acknowledging any change in his role. "He is a valued member of the team and we are grateful for all he does each and every day".

The Times said Stamos had decided in December he was done with Facebook, but remained at the social network as part of a plan to smoothly hand his job off to a successor.

The California-based social media giant is facing an onslaught of criticism at home and overseas over revelations that a firm working for Donald Trump's presidential campaign harvested and misused data on 50 million members.

In 2015, Stamos quit his post at Yahoo! after a little less than a year. Russian influence reached 126 million people via its platform, Facebook said in a report.

The British firm said it "strongly denies" the claims from Channel 4 as well as reports on misuse of Facebook data.

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