Facebook security head Alex Stamos gets off

Aug

2

2018

Alex Stamos, who has held the role of chief security officer at Facebook since 2015, has announced the departure of the company on 17 August. There were already rumors that he had decided to leave the company after disagreement about the approach to disinformation.

In a message on Facebook , Stamos announces that he will be working at Stanford University in September as a lecturer and researcher. In the fall he will offer a course under the name Hack Lab in which ‘offensive and defensive techniques’ are discussed. Facebook informs The Verge in an e-mail that it has not appointed a replacement for the position of chief security officer. The company no longer has a specialized security team, but has placed these employees in other departments.

The New York Times had previously reported on the basis of sources within Facebook that Stamos was stepping up because of disagreements about the approach to disinformation. He later contradicted that report himself . The newspaper wrote that Stamos was in favor of providing more openness about outside influence on Facebook and that he felt it necessary to implement a restructuring to address the problems. Also his team of originally 120 people would have been reduced to 3.

The departure of Stamos is accompanied by a recent announcement from Facebook that it has again deleted accounts and pages that would be part of an influencing campaign.

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