While Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to testify before a Senate committee next month, Facebook would add lobbyists to help shape new policies that could emerge from Washington as a result Cambridge Analytica ongoing scandal and Russian electoral interference. That’s according to a new Bloomberg report.

In addition to the Congress, the National Association of Attorneys General seeks answers from Zuckerberg. In high demand, he was also invited to testify before the British Parliament. Google and Twitter CEOs were also invited to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

As a result of some of these developments, according to Bloomberg, Facebook swells the already impressive ranks of its bench of lobbyists:

Among the people Facebook seeks to recruit are privacy and public policy managers, a government manager, deputy general advocates, and a few policy managers to help draft positions. on policies. Some of the positions indicate that the positions could be based in Washington or the headquarters of Menlo Park, California. It was not clear when the jobs were posted or if they are new positions.

Facebook would be the third in lobbying spending after the parents of Google, Alphabet and Amazon. Its current number of lobbyists is 40, including lobbyists from outside. Facebook spent more than $ 11 million on lobbying in 2016, up nearly $ 3 million from the previous year, according to figures cited in the report.

Last fall, in response to growing scrutiny of its role as the central instrument of Russian electoral interference, Facebook hired senior aides from former US government officials. Obama administration (Biden, Kerry), as well as former Chief of Staff Warner of Virginia.


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