The integrity of Facebook’s advertising, which manages the company’s advertising products around sensitive issues such as politics and coronavirus misinformation, set off this week, according to an internal agency post Reuters saw Friday.
Product Management Director Rob Leathern said earlier this month on Facebook’s internal network that he was leaving the company on December 30. His departure had not been previously reported.
Facebook Did not reach immediately for comment.
Without revealing where he was going, Leathern stated in the Post that he was “leaving Facebook to work on consumer privacy beyond just advertising and social media”.
Almost 4 years later, I made the difficult decision to leave Facebook, and 12/30/20 was my last day on FB. I have great experience in a difficult, fun, rapidly evolving and effective role in an organization that works with amazing people. It is an honor for me to call them colleagues! (1/12)
– Rob Leathern (robleathern) January 1, 2021
Leathern is often the face of the public for the organization’s controversial political advertising policies. In the run-up to the November 3 U.S. election, Facebook was severely criticized for allowing misleading claims and conspiracy theories to spread widely on its platforms.
In November, Leathern had Tweeted Facebook does not have the “technical ability to launch political ads statewide or through an advertiser”. Subsequently, Facebook lifted a temporary election ban on political advertising in Georgia before the January 5 runoff, which will determine which party controls the US Senate.
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