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Facebook Taps Trump State Dept. Lawyer As General Counsel

Law360 (April 22, 2019, 7:19 PM EDT) -- Facebook has hired the U.S. Department of State legal adviser as its next general counsel, the social media giant announced Monday, as it faces unprecedented government scrutiny over a string of privacy breaches and misinformation being spread on the platform.

Starting in the summer, Jennifer Newstead will oversee the embattled company's global legal functions. She succeeds Colin Stretch, who said in July he planned to leave at the end of 2018. The company later said Stretch would stay on as the top lawyer into 2019.

"I'm excited to be joining Facebook at an important time and working with such a fantastic...

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