Facebook's public policy, comms chief to step down

Facebook's public policy, comms chief to step down
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Facebook’s top communications executive is stepping down after a decade with the company.

Elliot Schrage, the social network’s vice president for public policy and communications, announced the move on his Facebook page Thursday.

“After more than a decade at Facebook, I've decided it’s time to start a new chapter in my life,” Schrage wrote. “Leading policy and communications for hyper growth technology companies is a joy — but it's also intense and leaves little room for much else.”

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He added that he would stay on to help lead the search for his replacement.

The move comes during a period of unprecedented scrutiny for the company in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which resulted in the political consulting firm improperly obtaining data on 87 million users.

Facebook has been widely criticized for the scandal and its response to it, after repeatedly downplaying concerns about how it handles its users’ data.

Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergFight looms over national privacy law Facebook teaming with nonprofits to fight fake election news China may be copying Facebook to build an intelligence weapon MORE thanked Schrage in a comment on his post Thursday.

“You've been committed to our mission throughout and have always seen the potential that comes when people can connect to others and build community,” Zuckerberg wrote. “Thank you and I look forward to your advice for many more years.”