At a time when Facebook is bracing criticism from all directions about the breach of data that occurred, an employee of the company went on Tinder and bragged about his access to the private information of others. And though we don’t know how it worked in his favor when it comes to getting him a date, but his company didn’t take it well at all.
Facebook has said that the employee has since been fired and this comes at a time when Facebook has been globally put under pressure for the leak of user information in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which even saw CEO Mark Zuckerberg being summoned for Congressional hearings.
I’ve been made aware that a security engineer currently employed at Facebook is likely using privileged access to stalk women online.
I have Tinder logs. What should I do with this information?
— Jackie Stokes 🙋🏽 (@find_evil) April 30, 2018
This gross infringement of privacy was brought to notice by a Twitter user who posted about the conversations she had with the man on Tinder where he claims to be a “professional stalker” and that he tries to figure out who hackers are based on the information at his disposal.
According to a Wall Street Journal report, Facebook’s Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos said in a statement, “We are investigating this as a matter of urgency. It’s important that people’s information is kept secure and private when they use Facebook.”
He added that, “Employees who abuse these controls will be fired – period.”
Jackie Stokes, the person who revealed the conversations on Twitter said that she was not sure whether her own information was accessed by the accused. She said, “I do not believe that Facebook would have had a knee-jerk reaction and fired an employee without cause.”