Elliot Schrage, the head of communications and public policy of Facebook that has led the response of the social network to scandals regarding privacy and election meddling would step down from the company after a decade-long tenure.
However, in a statement, the company said that Schrage will still stay on to serve as an adviser to Facebook while his successor is selected and to assist with special projects later. Facebook said that Schrage has no immediate plans except to “start a new chapter in his life.”
Schrage is at least the third high-level executive that is set to leave the social media titan this year, upending a time of relative stability in the management of the company.
The chief executive of the Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp and co-founder of Facebook, Jan Koum, also announced his resignation last April, while Alex Stamos, the chief security officer of the company is expected to leave this August.
Facebook is the largest social network in the world. It has faced a torrent of criticism from lawmakers and users after it disclosed last year that agents from Russia utilised Facebook to spread disinformation before and after the presidential elections in the United States of America in 2016, an accusation that is denied by Moscow.
Last March, the firm faced new scrutiny regarding how it protects the personal information of users after acknowledging that the information of up to 87 million users ended up in the hands of Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy firm.
Facebook said that Schrage has thought about stepping down from his post for about two years already. The company said that he raised his plans to leave before the 2016 election, however, he agreed to stay due to the request of Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive officer and founder of Facebook and Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of the company.
In a post on Facebook, Schrage stated: “Leading policy and communications for hyper-growth technology companies is a joy – but it’s also intense and leaves little room for much else.”
Schrage previously worked at Google before joining Facebook.