Michael Coates, who joined Twitter in 2015, oversaw the platform’s protection of data, but he is stepping down to start his own security company.
Twitter has been an amazing ride, but as I mentioned internally a few weeks back, my time is coming to an end. I’m confident to leave the program with an amazing security team. What’s next? I’m off to co-found a security startup - hope to share more about what we’re doing soon!— Michael Coates (@_mwc) March 21, 2018
The departure of Coates, first reported by The Verge on Wednesday, comes at a time when social media companies are under pressure to safeguard the data of their millions of users.
Their efforts have been thrust into the spotlight by Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), which has come under fire in recent days after Cambridge Analytica, a political data firm that worked on Donald Trump’s election campaign, was able to draw data from millions of American Facebook users.
Coates isn’t the only security in Silicon Valley to announce he is leaving. Facebook’s Alex Stamos is reportedly planning to depart later this summer, while Google’s director of information security Michal Zalewski is due to leave at the end of this month (March).