Facebook's Advertising Integrity Chief Rob Leathern Leaves Company

Leathern said that he was "leaving Facebook to work on consumer privacy beyond just ads and social media."

Facebook's Advertising Integrity Chief Rob Leathern Leaves Company

Facebook's controversial political advertising policies had Rob Leathern as the public face

Highlights
  • Facebook Director of Product Management Rob Leathern left the company
  • He posted his departure on the company's internal network
  • Facebook has been criticised for allowing misleading claims

Facebook's chief of advertising integrity, who handled the company's ad products around sensitive subjects such as politics and coronavirus misinformation, departed this week, according to an internal company post viewed by Reuters on Friday.

Rob Leathern, director of product management, said earlier this month on Facebook's internal network that he would be leaving the company on December 30. His exit had not been previously reported.

Facebook could not immediately be reached for comment.

Leathern said in the post that he was "leaving Facebook to work on consumer privacy beyond just ads and social media," without disclosing where he was headed.

 

Leathern was often the public face of the company's controversial political advertising policies. Prior to the November 3 US election, Facebook was heavily criticised for allowing misleading claims and conspiracy theories to spread widely on its platforms.

In November, Leathern had tweeted that Facebook did not have "the technical ability in the short term to enable political ads by state or by advertiser." Subsequently, Facebook lifted a temporary post-election ban on political ads in Georgia ahead of the January 5 runoff that will determine which party controls the US Senate.

© Thomson Reuters 2020


Is HomePod mini the best smart speaker under Rs. 10,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.

Comments

For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Further reading: Facebook, Rob Leathern, Facebook ads
New York Stock Exchange Starts Process of Delisting Three Chinese Telecom Companies Over Security Risks
In Social Media Safety Messages, Pictures Should Match the Words, Study Finds

Related Stories

Share on Facebook Tweet Snapchat Share Reddit Comment
 
 

Advertisement

Advertisement

© Copyright Red Pixels Ventures Limited 2021. All rights reserved.
Listen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com