Facebook's security chief Alex Stamos will leave the company later this year, according to The New York Times. According to reports, his departure occurs as a result of disagreements on how to handle the spread of erroneous information in the social network.
As part of Stamos' departure, Facebook broke down and reassigned his security team. Almost all 120 employees have now been reassigned to equipment and infrastructure equipment, according to the report; it is not clear if Facebook maintains any other dedicated security team, or if this means that the security teams are now integrated into other departments.
In a tweet, Stamos said his role has changed within Facebook, but he remains "totally committed." However, he did not deny that he would leave. "I am currently spending more time exploring emerging security risks and working on electoral security," Stamos wrote. Reuters also reported that it would leave in August and that its responsibilities had been "taken away".
Stamos resigned from Yahoo in 2015 for a secret e-mail scanning program
Supposedly, the departure of Stamos was decided last year, but the company decided to keep it until August to help it move its duties towards others, and so that it does not look so bad for Facebook amid continual discoveries about the abuse of the platform by part of Russia. during the 2016 elections in the United States. With the latest news after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, it actually looks worse.
The report indicates that Stamos wanted to be more open about security issues than other senior executives inside Facebook, pressing to investigate and publicize Russian interference, for example. Facebook did not respond immediately to a request for comments.
Stamos started on Facebook in 2015. Prior to that, he was the chief information security officer at Yahoo. According to Reuters, he resigned after a year after discovering that Yahoo had secretly built a program to scan all incoming emails from the NSA or the FBI.
In recent months, Stamos has been among Facebook executives willing to talk about the company and its current problems on Twitter. Over the weekend, he criticized the characterization of Cambridge Analytics' use of Facebook information as a "data breach", as hackers did not penetrate any system. In fact, Facebook was created to allow third parties to use incorrect data without such difficulty.
There are many big problems that large technology companies need to solve. All in all, we have been too optimistic about what we build and our impact on the world. Believe it or not, many people in these companies, from interns to CEOs, agree. Alex Stamos (@alexstamos) March 17, 2018