Facebook fires engineer who 'violated user access' to stalk women

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The unverified messages show 'a security engineer now employed at Facebook likely using privileged access to stalk women online'.

Facebook became aware of claims concerning the employee in question after cybersecurity consultant Jackie Stokes publicly tweeted about the allegations over the weekend.

Notably, this isn't the first time Facebook has fired employees who have abused their position and have mishandled user data.

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

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A Facebook spokesperson said: "We are investigating this as a matter of urgency".

In a thread of tweets, Stokes said she had confirmed the man works at Facebook through his Tinder profile, LinkedIn, and through Facebook's outgoing chief security officer Alex Stamos' connections on encryption key directory Keybase.io.

"For example to fix bugs, manage customer support issues or respond to valid legal requests", he said.

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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".

She went on to say that she'd cross-referenced the engineer's online profiles to determine that he was likely now employed by Facebook.

In a statement, Stamos said Facebook does not tolerate abuse of its controls. "Everyone deserves to feel safe, even on the internet".

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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Speaking on condition of anonymity, two former Facebook workers said they were aware of several incidents that resulted in multiple employees being fired for mishandling user data, including for stalking exes, Motherboard reported.