Facebook is losing its high-profile security chief. Alex Stamos, who has been in the role since 2015, said Wednesday that he’s leaving the social network for a research and teaching role at Stanford University. His last day at Facebook is August 17. Stamos had played a central role in Facebook’s response to US election meddling on the platform be Russian trolls during the 2016 campaign. On Tuesday, just a day before his departure announcement, he answered questions from reporters on a conference call as Facebook announced another coordinated campaign by fake accounts hoping to influence the 2018 US midterm elections. “While I have greatly enjoyed this work, the time has come for me to move on from my position as Chief Security Officer at Facebook,” Stamos wrote in a Facebook post. “It is critical that we as an industry live up to our collective responsibility to consider the impact of what we build, and I look forward to continued collaboration and partnership with the security and safety teams at Facebook.” When he starts at Stanford in September, he join the Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies as an adjunct professor. He will also study the misuse of technology and contribute teaching for a new master’s specialty in cybersecurity, he said in his post. Stamos started at Facebook three years ago after a yearlong tenure as Yahoo’s chief information security officer. In both jobs, he earned a reputation for confronting other company leaders over challenging privacy issues. At Yahoo, he was reported… [Read full story]
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