Facebook chief information security officer Alex Stamos is leaving the company


Facebook chief information security officer Alex Stamos is leaving the company in August, a source said on Monday, and a report pointed out internal disputes over how the social media should deal with its role in spreading out disinformation.

The social networks company has actually already taken away Stamos’ obligations to counter government-sponsored disinformation, the source said.

Not rejecting his exit, Stamos tweeted that his role at the company did change, but he was still fully engaged with work at Facebook.

Facebook might not be immediately reached for comment.

The New York Times first reported his departure from the company.

Inside Facebook, Stamos had been strongly advocating for examining and revealing Russian activity on the social media platform, typically to the consternation of top executives, including Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, the newspaper said.

Stamos’ duties were reassigned in December after which Stamos stated he would leave the business, the Times said.

Stamos was encouraged to stay through August to supervise the shift of his responsibilities due to the fact that company executives believed his exit would look bad, it said, citing former and current staff members.

Facebook’s credibility is already under attack over Russia’s alleged use of Facebook tools to sway United States voters with divisive and incorrect news posts before and after the 2016 election.

The business is under fresh examination after media reports that political consultancy Cambridge Analytica collected private details from more than 50 million Facebook users in developing strategies to support President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign.

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