Facebook's security chief to leave company

Facebook's high-profile head of security Alex Stamos is leaving after clashing with other execs over Russia

Alex Stamos, who as chief information security officer was one of the more articulate defenders of Facebook's struggle to balance privacy concerns against its business model, is leaving the company following a series of disputes with top Facebook executives, according to a report.

Alex Stamos said on Twitter that contrary to "rumors" he's "still fully engaged" at Facebook.

Stamos came to Facebook from Yahoo in 2015, and in June 2016, he had engineers start to look for suspicious Russian activity on Facebook.

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller last month indicted 13 Russians and three Russian companies allegedly involved in such a social media campaign on Facebook and other sites. 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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Stamos' responsibilities were reassigned in December after which Stamos said he would leave the company, the Times said.

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. Over the weekend, he took issue with the characterization of Cambridge Analytica's use of Facebook info as a "data breach", since hackers did not penetrate any systems. "He is a valued member of the team and we are grateful for all he does each and every day". According to Reuters, he resigned after a year after discovering that Yahoo had secretly built a program to scan all incoming email for the NSA or Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Stamos is the most high profile Facebook executive to leave since the 2016 election, and really the first public word of that Facebook's leadership team might not be on the same page with how to deal with the company's fake news problem. In fact, Facebook was set up to allow third parties to misuse data without any such difficulty.

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