Facebook Fires Security Engineer Who Used 'Privileged Access' to Stalk Women

Facebook Fires Security Engineer Who Used 'Privileged Access' to Stalk Women

In the past, the company fired multiple employees because they mishandled user data and abused their level of access to data, the report said.

As a company that seems to be involved in scandals stemming from the abuse of its privileged access to user data, Facebook is no stranger to criticisms over how deep it set its hooks into people's lives. Executives at the social network were made aware of the claim and immediately launched an investigation after receiving all relevant information from Stokes. "It's important that people's information is kept secure and private when they use Facebook", Alex Stamos, Facebook's chief information security officer, told Motherboard.

Spyglass Security founder Jackie Stokes contacted Mr Stamos via Twitter after tweeting the accusation on Monday.

The news started to break on April 29, when Jackie Stokes tweeted out a conversation between her and a man that she said worked at Facebook.

According to reports, an engineer misused his privileged data access to find out personal information and stalk women online.

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Facebook has not confirmed if any legal action is being taken against the employee.

"Although we can't comment on any individual personnel matters", a Facebook spokesperson wrote in an email, "we are aware of the situation and investigating". Stamos said that access to delicate information is logged, and the organization has mechanized frameworks meant to recognize and forestall mishandle.

Ms. Stokes, meanwhile, signaled her support for Facebook's response.

The latest controversy to hit the USA social networking giant first emerged on Monday, after a screenshot was posted online which purported to show the individual boasting of being a "professional stalker".

Outage over the Cambridge Analytica data scandal culminated Wednesday in the company announcing it will cease operations and declare bankruptcy in the U.S. and U.K.in response to the backlash brought on by news reports involving its business practices. "As a result, it has been determined that it is no longer viable to continue operating the business, which left Cambridge Analytica with no realistic alternative to placing the Company into administration".

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