Facebook security chief changes role to focus on election fraud

phys.org | 3/20/2018 | Staff
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Facebook's chief of security said late Monday his role has shifted to focusing on emerging risks and election security at the global social network, which is under fire for letting its platform be used to spread bogus news and manipulate voters.

Alex Stamos announced the change in his work role after The New York Times reported he was leaving Facebook in the wake of internal clashes over how to deal with Russian actors using the platform to spread false or exaggerated stories to cause division among US voters.

Rumors - Work - Facebook - Stamos - Message

"Despite the rumors, I'm still fully engaged with my work at Facebook," Stamos said in a message posted at his verified Twitter account.

"It's true that my role did change. I'm currently spending more time exploring emerging security risks and working on election security."

Stamos - Manipulation - News - Network - Entities

Stamos advocated investigating and revealing manipulation of news at the social network by Russian entities, to the chagrin of chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and other top executives, the Times reported, citing unnamed current and former employees.

The Times said Stamos had decided in December he was done with Facebook, but remained at the social network as part of a plan to smoothly hand his job off to a successor.

Facebook - Stamos - Company - Tweet - Response

Neither Facebook nor Stamos directly commented on how long he intended to remain at the company, referring to his tweet in response to queries.

The California-based social media giant is facing an onslaught of criticism at home and abroad over revelations that a firm working for Donald Trump's presidential campaign harvested and misused data on 50 million members.

Data - Analysis - Company - Trump - Campaign

The British data analysis company, hired by the 2016 Trump campaign, said the source of the accusations—which it called a "former contractor"—was "misrepresenting himself and...
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