Facebook’s chief security officer, Alex Stamos, said today that he’ll be leaving the company later this month. The announcement comes just a day after Facebook — and to a large extent, Stamos — revealed that Facebook had discovered malicious actors who continue to use the platform to manipulate political discussions and organizing in the United States. Stamos won’t be replaced after he leaves, meaning no one will hold the title of “chief security officer” at Facebook. All eyes are trained on the company to see how it will deal with major security concerns, including the use of fake accounts to manipulate politics and the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. Instead of building out a dedicated security team, Facebook has dissolved it and is instead embedding security engineers within its other divisions. “We are not naming a new CSO, since earlier this year we embedded our security engineers, analysts, investigators, and other specialists in our product and engineering teams to better address the emerging security threats we face,” a Facebook spokesman said in an email. Facebook will “continue to evaluate what kind of structure works best” to protect users’ security, he said. Stamos’ departure still seems to be a big loss, even apart from the symbolic title. Stamos was known for being one of the few executives at Facebook willing to engage with people outside the company about the service’s ongoing problems. He frequently interacted with reporters on Twitter about security issues, often in unusually candid terms. Facebook hired Stamos in 2015…. [Read full story]
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