Fb’s Promoting Integrity Chief Rob Leathern Leaves Firm

Fb’s chief of promoting integrity, who dealt with the corporate’s ad merchandise round delicate topics comparable to politics and coronavirus misinformation, departed this week, in keeping with an inside firm put up seen by Reuters on Friday.

Rob Leathern, director of product administration, mentioned earlier this month on Fb’s inside community that he could be leaving the corporate on December 30. His exit had not been beforehand reported.

Fb couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.

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Leathern mentioned within the put up that he was “leaving Fb to work on client privateness past simply adverts and social media,” with out disclosing the place he was headed.


Leathern was typically the general public face of the corporate’s controversial political promoting insurance policies. Previous to the November 3 US election, Fb was closely criticised for permitting deceptive claims and conspiracy theories to unfold extensively on its platforms.

In November, Leathern had tweeted that Fb didn’t have “the technical capability within the brief time period to allow political adverts by state or by advertiser.” Subsequently, Fb lifted a short lived post-election ban on political adverts in Georgia forward of the January 5 runoff that can decide which celebration controls the US Senate.

© Thomson Reuters 2020

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