A company spokesperson said: "We are restructuring a portion of our team and helping the people affected by this change find other roles at Facebook".
integrity and cybersecurity executives took to Twitter late Tuesday over the report. "The changes in this report have absolutely nothing to do with the teams fighting foreign meddling. Our security team has continued to grow substantially over the last two years — as automated detection increases, we shift experts to where they can have the most impact,' tweeted Guy Rosen, Facebook's vice-president (Integrity).
Nathaniel Gleicher, who headed cybersecurity policy at Facebook, has joined Rosen. "The shift here is exactly what a security organization should be doing. Focus experts where we need human expertise, and continuously improve automated detection at scale so people can focus where they make the most difference," he tweeted.
After the Cambridge Analytica scandal, CEO Mark Zuckerberg had said Facebook would double its security staff by adding contractors, especially security engineers, from 10,000 to 20,000.
In this era of growing fake news
and misinformation, Facebook has also launched a bug bounty programme that rewards cybersecurity experts for finding and reporting third-party apps that are accessing Facebook user data inappropriately.
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