Interesting: Facebook’s advertising integrity chief leaves company

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Facebook’s chief of advertising ethics, who managed the organization’s ad products around sensitive subjects like politics and coronavirus misinformation, departed this week, based on an internal company post seen by journalists.

Rob Leathern, director of product management, said earlier that month on Facebook’s internal system that he would be leaving the company on Dec. 30. His departure had not been previously reported.

Facebook couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Leathern said from the post that he was “leaving Facebook to work on consumer privacy beyond just ads and social media,” without disclosing where he was led.

Leathern has been often the public face of their company’s controversial political advertising coverages. Prior to the Nov. 3 US election, Facebook was criticized for allowing misleading claims and conspiracy theories to disperse widely on its platforms.

In November, Leathern had tweeted that Facebook did not possess “the technical ability in the short term to enable political ads by state or by advertiser.” Afterward, Facebook lifted a temporary post-election ban on political ads in Georgia ahead of the Jan. 5 run-off which will determine which party controls the US Senate.

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The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Katie Paul. Writing by Ben Klayman. Editing by Sandra Maler.

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