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Facebook Security Chief Said To Leave After Clashes Over Disinformation (theverge.com) 45

Facebook's chief information security officer, Alex Stamos, will leave the company after internal disagreements over how the social network should deal with its role in spreading disinformation. The New York Times reports (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source): Mr. Stamos had been a strong advocate inside the company for investigating and disclosing Russian activity on Facebook, often to the consternation of other top executives, including Sheryl Sandberg, the social network's chief operating officer, according to the current and former employees, who asked not to be identified discussing internal matters. After his day-to-day responsibilities were reassigned to others in December, Mr. Stamos said he would leave the company. He was persuaded to stay through August to oversee the transition of his duties because executives thought his departure would look bad, the current and former employees said. He has been overseeing the transfer of his security team to Facebook's product and infrastructure divisions. His group, which once had 120 people, now has three, the current and former employees said. Mr. Stamos would be the first high-ranking employee to leave Facebook since controversy erupted over disinformation on its site. His departure is a sign of heightened leadership tensions at the company.
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Facebook Security Chief Said To Leave After Clashes Over Disinformation

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  • by brindafella ( 702231 ) <brindafella@gCOF ... m minus caffeine> on Monday March 19, 2018 @07:55PM (#56287993) Homepage
    > Facebook's chief information security officer, Alex Stamos, will leave the company after internal disagreements over how the social network should deal with its role in spreading disinformation.

    Let's hope that Facebook can weather the storm of seeming growth-spurt induced moral troubles; Russian meddling, data mining, etc.

    The moral compass like a magnetic compass has to be checked for angular deviation, due to the near presence of great attractors nearby.

    Similarly, the lines of the Earth's magnetism are misalligned with true north; an underlying social/societal moral misallignment may have a similar effect on an organisation.

  • Let's be honest... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 19, 2018 @07:56PM (#56288005)

    Facebook is a blight on modern society. It offers far little than it gives, even if it were a paid service. The tracking, privacy nightmare aspect of it is too real. It's almost as bad as Google.

    I've been in IT for 20 years and I have zero social media accounts, partly due to the privacy aspects, partly due to not needing approval of others to feel good about myself. While Facebook, et al do have a modicum of merit, that merit is far outweighed by the negatives.

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      I've been in IT for 20 years and I have zero social media accounts ... Facebook ...offers far little (sic) than it gives, even if it were a paid service.

      Let's be honest: You are as qualified to talk about what FB offers its users as a virgin nun is to give sex education classes.

      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by Anonymous Coward

        Quite the opposite, actually. As a IT security guy, it's my business to run tests such as phoning home, cross-site tracking, JS exploits, etc. Facebook is among the worst in this regard, with ad networks being chief among the perps. All of them are tracking the living daylights out of everyone. One of the most eye-opening things I've done in recent times is install a Raspberry Pi running Pi-hole, which is a bit of software that blocks ads, beacons, trackers, etc. at the DNS level. There is a real-time DNS l

  • Spreading links and news that interests the users and their friends is now seen as "disinformation" by a social media brand?
    • by Anonymous Coward

      If the links are fake news created and targetted as part of a foreign sponsored propaganda campaign, then erm, yes.

      Why would you think otherwise unless you agree with the goal of the disinformation campaign and want to try and justify it?

      • by lgw ( 121541 )

        If the links are fake news created and targetted as part of a foreign sponsored propaganda campaign, then erm, yes.

        Why would you think otherwise unless you agree with the goal of the disinformation campaign and want to try and justify it?

        Damn right. We only want fake news created and targeted as part of an American-sponsored propaganda campaign round these parts. None of that foreign trash. Merica!

      • by AHuxley ( 892839 )
        So only the US political party supporting social medial leadership has the skills to define a disinformation campaign?
        The users have no freedom of speech to talk about and share topics they find interesting?
        Approved news and links will all be pushed down from the social media brand? With their own side of US politics as a filter?
  • by atrimtab ( 247656 ) on Monday March 19, 2018 @11:15PM (#56288835)

    Particularly given, that if you were in charge of security that you could easily compartmentlize any moral quams about how the entire system works as "not my job."

    Good for him!

  • by Rambo Tribble ( 1273454 ) on Tuesday March 20, 2018 @11:11AM (#56290921) Homepage
    ... from a debilitating case of ethical principles. He should seek treatment at the closest available MBA program.

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