Facebook engineer fired over stalking claims

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Security researcher Jackie Stokes reported the issue to Facebook. Dominic Lipinski- PA Images Getty

"I've been made aware that a security engineer now employed at Facebook is likely using privileged access to stalk women online".

Stokes, the founder of cybersecurity consultancy Spyglass Security, tweeted what appeared to be a screenshot of a conversation between the individual and her source.

They elaborated that the engineer was sacked because of misusing his access to the user privacy over Tinder. "So out of habit I have to say that you are hard to find lol".

"We are investigating this as a matter of urgency".

Stokes told NBC News that she was pleased that an investigation was conducted and "an appropriate action taken to improve the trust users need to have in social media platforms to live their lives fully and enjoyably online".

In a statement, Facebook's Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos said the company quickly investigated the situation and immediately fired the person.

"I've been aware that a security engineer now employed at Facebook is likely using privileged access to stalk women online. Access is scoped by job function, and designated employees are only allowed to access the amount of information that's necessary to carry out their job responsibilities, such as responding to bug reports, account support inquiries, or valid legal requests", 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". "We have a zero-tolerance approach to abuse, and improper behavior results in termination", the company said in a statement. If an employee at the social media company can just access that kind of information whenever they want, users have the right to know how those details are even getting accessed.

If Facebook wants to compete with the likes of Tinder, it will need to reassure users their data is safe. 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.

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