The New York Times said Stamos had resigned over differences with senior management over how to handle these issues.
Alex is a standup guy, and this is not the first time he's left a very high profile role when he didn't feel the company was doing the right thing. Didn't turn out so well for the company last time, and I don't imagine this time will be much different.— Mark Imbriaco (@markimbriaco) 19 March 2018
In recent days, Facebook has had to battle claims that data breaches led to information about 50 million of its users being siphoned off by Cambridge Analytica, a voter-profiling company that worked on Donald Trump’s election campaign.
The company has contested this, saying that the data exfiltration was due to a feature in an app.
Moving on: Alex Stamos.
Bets nobody told Alex that forensic ‘investigators’ had been dispatched to Cambridge Analytica tonight, and that was the final straw?— Kevin Beaumont, Esquire (@GossiTheDog) 19 March 2018
Stamos' responsibilities at Facebook were said to have been handed over to others in December and while he wanted to leave immediately, he was convinced to stay until August to effect as smooth a transition as possible in the circumstances.
The NYT claimed that his department, which once had 120 staff, was now reduced to three.
Despite the rumors, I'm still fully engaged with my work at Facebook. It's true that my role did change. I'm currently spending more time exploring emerging security risks and working on election security.— Alex Stamos (@alexstamos) 19 March 2018
In the past, Stamos has attempted to shift the blame for the spread of fake news on Facebook to the algorithm used by the company.