As Facebook grapples with a backlash over its role in spreading disinformation, an internal dispute over how to handle the threat and the public outcry is resulting in the departure of a senior executive.
The impending exit of that executive — Alex Stamos, Facebook’s chief information security officer — reflects heightened leadership tension at the top of the social network. Much of the internal disagreement is rooted in how much Facebook should publicly share about how nation states misused the platform and debate over organizational changes in the run-up to the 2018 midterm elections, according to current and former employees briefed on the matter.
Mr. Stamos, who plans to leave Facebook by August, had advocated more disclosure around Russian interference of the platform and some restructuring to better address the issues, but was met with resistance by colleagues, said the current and former employees. In December, Mr. Stamos’s day-to-day responsibilities were reassigned to others, they said.
Yes, I agree with Hooj, the wrong guy is leaving Facebook. I disagree with the David who writes, we should all quit using Facebook. If supervised properly, it is too useful. My page is public, to remind me that the data is public anyways to Facebook resellers of private information. I think there should be a criminal investigation into the management of FB, and they should face for negligence and malpractice and undermining our democraxy, up to a year in prison and fines of up to 10% of their net worths. If they haven’t broken any laws, then the law needs to be upgraded. As they teach in business school, this would align their practice with the public interest through the social media industry. David Lindsay Jr. is the author of “The Tay Son Rebellion, Historical Fiction of Eighteenth-century Vietnam,” and blogs at TheTaySonRebellion.com and InconvenientNews.wordpress.com