Facebook’s outgoing security boss, Alex Stamos, sent a damning internal memo days after the Cambridge Analytica outrage became visible, asking the organization to deliberately not gather information where conceivable, and to keep it just as long as we are utilizing it to serve individuals.
The note, titled “A Difficult Week” and dated March 23, states, “We need to listen to people (including internally) when they tell us a feature is creepy or point out a negative impact we are having in the world.
“We need to deprioritize short-term growth and revenue and to explain to Wall Street why that is ok,” the memo continues. “We need to be willing to pick sides when there are clear moral or humanitarian issues. And we need to be open, honest and transparent about our challenges and what we are doing to fix them.”
He also says that he deserves “as much blame (or more) as any other exec at the company,” and that while “it would be really simple to believe the outcomes of arguments between a handful of people got us to this point…the truth is that we need to all own this.” He also urged the company to focus on “the hard things we have to do to win back the world’s trust.”
Stamos composed the memo six days after the New York Times and The Observer uncovered how political consultancy Cambridge Analytica had abused the information of Facebook clients for promoting purposes, coming full circle in the organization’s biggest security embarrassment in its 14-year history.
Stamos, who had allegedly conflicted with different administrators over protection concerns in regards to decision impedance, additionally addressed his arranged August takeoff in the memo, which had evidently been in the pipeline for quite a while because of inner organizing, and was not specifically identified with the Cambridge Analytica issue.
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