Facebook is hiring a small army of policy experts to improve its reputation in DC

5 days ago by Joshua Fruhlinger in News, Trends

What do you do when you're a company that's under investigation for privacy and data-sharing violations? You hire a team of specialists to spend a lot of time with those who are investigating you, naturally.

Since the new year, Facebook has gone on a bit of a hiring spree for professionals in the Washington, DC area.

In January, Facebook was already on the market for 47 people in the American capital. As of this week, it's opened 68 such job openings.

The jobs are heavily focused on policy issues that Facebook is in the process of navigating, with titles like "Community Threat Investigator", "Corporate Threat Investigator", and "Public Policy Associate, US Policy" among them. Of the 68 openings, 14 contain the term "Policy" in their titles:

Title

Date Added

Policy Campaigns and Programs Associate Manager, Projects

Apr 14, 2019

Product Policy Associate, Content

Apr 14, 2019

Public Policy Associate, US Policy

Apr 14, 2019

Public Policy Manager, Competition

Apr 14, 2019

Product Policy Director, Human Rights

Apr 14, 2019

Public Policy Manager (WhatsApp)

Apr 14, 2019

Public Policy Manager, Strategic Response

Apr 14, 2019

Policy Campaigns and Programs Director, Advocacy and Research

Apr 14, 2019

Policy Communications Manager, Civic Engagement

Apr 14, 2019

Public Policy Associate Manager

Apr 14, 2019

Privacy & Public Policy Manager, Partnerships

Apr 14, 2019

Safety Policy Director, Content

Apr 14, 2019

Product Policy Manager, Threat Disruption

Apr 14, 2019

Policy Communications Associate Manager

Apr 14, 2019

Facebook has been bringing on experts to help the company avoid the problems it ran into (and created) in the 2016 election, including privacy and trust experts, for some time now. But this is the first time we've dug deep into its growing Wasington, DC presence.

The incoming Policy Managers and Associates appear to be part of an "Executive Branch" team that focuses on Facebook's "economic, security and social good impact". They look to be a team focused on improving Facebook's reputation with policy makers, in short, especially as the next presidential election heats up, when Facebook targeting will once again become a major focus of campaign strategy.

Joshua Fruhlinger

Joshua has been writing about technology, lifestyle, and business for over 20 years. He's one of the original writers and editors for Engadget, and still writes a...

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