Facebook hires Trump State Department official as general counsel

Apr 23 2019 10:26 AM
Facebook hires Trump State Department official as general counsel

Social media giant Facebook has hired senior US State Department official Jennifer Newstead who is legal advisor of US President Donald Trump’s legal advisor, as general counsel, overseeing the company's global legal functions. This movie is very important for Facebook as facing scrutiny from governments around the world over how it manages users' data.

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According to the report, Newstead has advised the State Department on legal issues affecting US foreign policy since receiving Senate confirmation in December 2017. Newstead succeeds Colin Stretch who would continue at Facebook to help with the transition, the company said in a statement on Monday.

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Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's Chief Operating Officer, said, "Jennifer is a seasoned leader whose global perspective and experience will help us fulfill our mission.”

Newstead currently oversees work on all domestic and international legal issues affecting the conduct of US foreign policy. She has a global practice representing clients in cross-border regulatory, enforcement and litigation matters. "I am looking forward to working with the team and outside experts and regulators on a range of legal issues as we seek to uphold our responsibilities and shared values," said Newstead.

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Across the world, the regulations are closely monitoring Facebook and its senior management's role in mishandling users' data, especially the Cambridge Analytics scandal involving 87 million users. The US federal regulators are considering the possibility of holding its CEO Mark Zuckerberg accountable.


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