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Facebook investigating allegations employee used position to stalk women online

May 7, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Facebook investigating allegations employee used position to stalk women online

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A security engineer who works at Facebook is accused of using her “privileged access” to personal data to stalk women on the internet.

The allegation surfaced on Sunday night by Jackie Stokes, the founder of a cybersecurity consulting firm, Spyglass Security. The matter is now reportedly being investigated by Facebook.

“Although we can’t comment on any individual matters, we are aware of the situation and investigating,” a spokesperson said in an email to Motherboard.

Stokes published the accusation on Twitter, alleging that it came from a source.

“I’ve been aware that a security engineer employed at Facebook is using privileged access to stalk women online,” she said in the Tweet. “I have Tinder logs. What should I do with this information?”

Stokes added that she “confirmed” the engineer’s work situation at Facebook through “cross-reference of his Tinder pic, LinkedIn, and [Keybase] connections.”

“This did not happen to me,” she later said on Twitter, referring to the purported stalking.

“[But] it’s not just her issue,” Stokes said of the victim. “It’s everyone’s issue when someone uses privileged access to the biggest social media network of our time, and Privilege of working in infosec…to lord it over potential partners? Part of the debate we need.”

Senior executives at Facebook have reached out to Stokes and are said to be collaborating with her on the probe.

“We maintain strict controls and policies to restrict employee access to user data,” the company spokesperson said to Motherboard. “Access is scoped by job function, and employees are only allowed to access the amount of information that’s necessary to carry out their responsibilities, such as responding to bug reports, account support, or valid legal requests. We have a zero-tolerance approach to abuse, and improper behavior results in termination.”

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