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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 10:41

Facebook security chief Stamos quits over 'fake news'

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Facebook's chief security officer Alex Stamos has quit and will leave the company in August — the second time he has left a high-profile company after a short stint — over alleged Russian troll activity on the social media giant's site.

The New York Times  said Stamos had resigned over differences with senior management over how to handle these issues.

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.

In 2015, Stamos quit his post at Yahoo! after a little less than a year. The search company, which was bought by Verizon last year, had suffered three major data leaks which it disclosed in 2016 and 2017.

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The first involved 500 million user credentials and the second a billion, while no numbers were given for the third leak.

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.

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.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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