Facebook Builds a Washington Lobbying Team
(Businessweek) — Facebook is trying to find friends in Washington—the old-fashioned way. The world’s largest social networking site is expanding its six-person Washington office, spending more on lobbying, and meeting with lawmakers, congressional staff, and privacy experts who question whether the company is adequately protecting the personal information of its 500 million users. Founder Mark Zuckerberg is also on a charm offensive to show he’s on the right side of the debate. “Privacy and making sure people have control over their information is, I think, one of the most fundamental things on the Internet,” Zuckerberg said in a 60 Minutesinterview on Dec. 5.