On its face, these look like savvy moves for Facebook, which wants to navigate Washington D.C. politics and its many data scandals at the same time. Newstead in particular was careful to remain neutral on her new job.
“Facebook’s products play an important role in societies around the world,” Newstead said in a statement. “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.”
But while Newstead’s hiring may be the smart political play, it also makes Facebook look incredibly tone-deaf. The company has pledged to become more privacy-oriented, but by hiring one of the architects of a notorious privacy-invading law, it’s sending mixed messages — to say the least.
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