Facebook/Meta fired Jeren Miles, its manager of global community development after a video of him caught in an underage sex sting went viral on YouTube.
Jeren Miles, 35, of Palm Springs, CA, was caught in an amateur child sex sting operation posted to the YouTube channel “Predator Catchers Indianapolis” Thursday evening.
Miles admitted to exchanging sexually explicit messages with a person who claimed to be a 13-year-old boy.
Miles has since deleted 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 spokesperson provided to Tech Crunch.
According to Tech Crunch, Meta spokesperson, Drew Pusateri tried to talk him out of reporting on Jeren Miles.
“I’ll point out that Pusateri also tried to talk me out of the newsworthiness of this story over the phone before sending over the statement, noting that other outlets were not covering it (thanks for the advice).” – Tech Crunch reported.
Tech Crunch reported:
Meta, the parent company of Facebook, has confirmed to TechCrunch that Jeren A. Miles, who had been a manager of global community development, is no longer employed by the company after a video went viral on YouTube, which was then reposted on Reddit and other sites, featuring him in a sting operation conducted by amateurs with the intent of catching paedophiles.
The two-hour video, posted by an amateur group called PCI Predator Catchers Indianapolis on its YouTube page, does not depict Miles caught in any sex act, nor admitting to any specific sex act, nor admitting to intending to carry out any sex act. And it is not clear what the legal ramifications of this will be, if any.
But it does feature two people questioning Miles, who in the course of the interrogation admits to having graphic and inappropriate communications with a 13-year-old boy. It’s a damning enough exchange that Miles has subsequently deleted his social profiles on sites like Facebook and Twitter, and — whether he was fired or resigned voluntarily — Miles has left his role at Facebook over the matter.