The Facebook official tasked with investigating the Russian entities that purchased political ads on the social media site during the 2016 presidential campaign might have a conflict of interest.
According to reports, including one in the Washington Free Beacon, chief security officer Alex Stamos was a faithful donor to Hillary Clinton and other Democrats.
A Recode profile of Stamos, which was published on Tuesday, describes him as “the man hunting down Russian political ads on Facebook.”
The report goes on to say, “The 38-year-old security expert and his team are leading the company’s internal investigation into Russian meddling, according to sources, which includes searching for Facebook posts and political ads tied to Russia or other foreign parties trying to sway the election.”
Stamos will probably be the one to testify before congressional committees this fall on Russian efforts to spread misinformation through Facebook.
Here’s a rundown of Stamos’ list of donations, according to public records:
- $2,700 to California Sen. Kamala Harris in 2016 and $2,500 to New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich in 2017, both Democratic members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
- Stamos donated a total of $8,100 to Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell (Calif.), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, since 2015
- Stamos donated $2,700 twice to Texas Republican Rep. William Hurd, also a member of the House Intelligence Committee
- $2,700 went to the Clinton campaign
- $1,000 went to Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal
- $5,000 was donated to the New Democrat Coalition PAC
Before joining Facebook, Stamos served in the same role at Yahoo. Under his watch, Yahoo suffered the worst data breach in email history, with more than 500 million accounts compromised.
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