Facebook reportedly fires employee accused of stalking women

Facebook reportedly fires employee accused of stalking women

The social networking giant responded by saying it had strict controls in place to restrict employee access to user data based on job function.

"I have to say that you are hard to find", the user added, "lol".

"We are investigating this as a matter of urgency". Recently, the social network fired an employee for using the same tactics, albeit for much more personal reasons than financial ones.

Facebook subsequently contacted Ms. Stokes about the allegations and issued a statement Monday addressing the claims. "Although we can't comment on any individual personnel matters, we are aware of the situation and investigating", a Facebook spokesperson said.

A Twitter user earlier on Wednesday posted about the Tinder conversation along with screenshots, saying Facebook's security engineer is "likely using privileged access to stalk women online". Motherboard reported this week that several Facebook employees, who remain anonymous, have confirmed that in the past "multiple people had been terminated for abusing access to user data, including for stalking exes".

It's not clear how exactly the Facebook staffer might have used his access to the platform to track women down online. Upon hearing the confirmation, Stokes thanked Facebook employees for raching out and offering assistance.

Stokes said she learned that "a security engineer now employed at Facebook is likely using privileged access to stalk women online". "Trying to internet stalk me?" the woman reportedly replied. "It's important that people's information is kept secure and private when they use Facebook", Alex Stamos, Facebook's chief information security officer, said in a statement. Stokes said that she figured out the person was an employee at Facebook by cross referencing his online profiles on Tinder, LinkedIn and Keybase connections, reports NBC News.

The company has been under pressure since it company disclosed that a researcher gave data on 87 million Facebook users to Cambridge Analytica, a British data-mining firm that worked with the presidential election campaign for then-candidate Donald Trump.

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