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Facebook Head of Community Development fired after pedophile sting video surfaces

Facebook's Jeren Miles has been fired after a video surfaced of the company executive being caught in a pedophile sting.

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Meta, parent company of Facebook, has fired executive Jeren Miles after a video surfaced of the Head of Community Development being caught in a pedophile sting. PCI Predator Catchers Muncie livestreamed the confrontation to their YouTube channel on February 16, and Miles was fired two days later.

Facebook changed their name to Meta late last year.
Facebook changed their name to Meta late last year.

Folks interested in watching PCI Predator Catchers Indianapolis' VOD of the pedophile sting livestream can watch it here, but we want to warn our readers that this is extremely sensitive content about serious topics.

Normally, this is the part of the article where we dogpile on Facebook for its poor track record, but this appears to be a situation that could have happened at any company. It does seem like CEO Mark Zuckerberg's pitch of rebranding employees from Facebookers to Metamates might need some workshopping. Perhaps Metaphile would be a better term for Facebook's former Head of Community Development Jeren Miles?

Meta confirmed to Techcrunch earlier today that Miles is no longer at the company. No details on if Miles resigned or was fired by Meta. While the PCI Predator Catchers Indianapolis video does not catch Miles in the act, two people questioned him about his communications with a 13-year-old boy. Miles admitted to graphic and inappropriate communications, and apparently the video was damning enough for him to delete all of his social media accounts.

”The seriousness of these allegations cannot be overstated. The individual is no longer employed with the company. We are actively investigating this situation and cannot provide further comment at this time,” said a statement from a Meta PR.

This is a tough situation for any company to deal with, but this appears to be a swift and correct action. While Meta has its share of problems, today is one instance where I think most people would agree with its decision. The company is definitely facing some headwinds on the financial side as the stock is down a bunch this year after the FB Q4 2021 earnings results disappointed traders and investors.

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      February 18, 2022 9:00 PM

      Eeek the potential access he has/had to others social media profiles makes this extra scary.

      Also bravo on the metaphile joke.

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      February 18, 2022 9:38 PM

      Given what I know about Facebook, I can't say it's surprising.

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        February 18, 2022 9:39 PM

        Yikes

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          February 18, 2022 9:45 PM

          I mean, I don't have any special insider knowledge or anything. I'm just saying, you've got a company with a documented history of manipulating their users, including children, in ways they knew were harmful, for their own benefit. "A pedophile got himself into a position he could potentially leverage to feed his desires" lands solidly in "yeah, that checks out" territory.

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            February 18, 2022 10:10 PM

            Yup. :(
            I sincerely hope to see these companies stripped of their hegemony in my lifetime. I better live a long fucking time.

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              February 19, 2022 11:17 AM

              I want to be optimistic but I feel like Facebook will get replaced by something worse than Facebook if that is possible.

              I can't imagine what that would be.. maybe if the Kremlin has a controlling interest in different companies related to the internet?

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      February 19, 2022 12:45 PM

      Glad they were caught.

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