Facebook hires high-ranking US State Department lawyer

phys.org | 4/13/2019 | Staff
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Facebook said Monday it has hired a high-ranking US State Department lawyer credited with helping craft the controversial Patriot Act as the social network's new general counsel.

Jennifer Newstead will replace Colin Stretch, who announced in July that he planned to leave Facebook.

Newstead - Functions - Network - Pressure - Regulators

Newstead will oversee global legal functions at the California-based social network as it faces continued pressure from regulators regarding how well it safeguards user privacy and protects against the spread of misinformation or abuse on its platform.

"Jennifer is a seasoned leader whose global perspective and experience will help us fulfill our mission," Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said in a statement.

Colin - Leadership - Counsel - Years

"We are also truly grateful to Colin for his dedicated leadership and wise counsel over the past nine years."

Newstead was the first woman to lead the Office of the Legal Adviser at the State Department, a post she took in January 2018.

Expertise - Judgment - Array - Policy - Issues

"Her expertise and sharp judgment on an array of critical foreign policy issues will be greatly missed," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.

"I thank her for her...
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