Facebook Appoints Ex-FCC chief as head of its US Public Policy

Everyone is known to the Cambridge Analytica scandal and this news has hit the social media giant with a lot of criticism. Since then, Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg is under a lot of trouble. A lot of problems are arising for the company for sharing data of its millions of users with a research firm Cambridge Analytica. Now, as Facebook is facing the possibility of stronger government oversight, it has taken a new step. Putting someone who knows everything about how the government works in charge of public policy is the new step by Facebook.

Kevin Martin as head of Facebook’s public policy

It has appointed former FCC (Federal Communications Commission) chief Kevin Martin in place of Erin Egan as head of its U.S. public policy. Martin is not a new recruit for Facebook. Back in 2015, he joined Facebook as VP for mobile and global access policy. And now, replacing Erin Egan, he will become head of public policy. It was confirmed by Facebook to several media outlets on Tuesday. Kevin Martin led FCC from 2005 to 2009 as interim head of US public policy under the Bush administration. Erin Egan will now stay with Facebook as Chief Privacy Officer. Facebook had not said anything about why Martin is taking over one of her roles. But, according to “Infomance”, Egan has not remained influential within the company in recent months. For the last couple of months, Erin had been wearing both hats of the company, as the chief privacy officer and the head of US public policy. It is but obvious to Facebook to do all that could help since it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica got its hands on the data of its 87 million users without their consent.

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Both Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg had faced a lot of problems and criticism since the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Also, Mark Zuckerberg had to appear before Congress, where he faced a lot of questions regarding the company’s privacy practices. Following the rough time for the company, Facebook faced Political and regulatory scrutiny which forced Facebook CEO to appear in front of U.S. lawmakers.

Also, European Union lawmakers have summoned Mark Zuckerberg to testify on the continent, and Facebook is bringing a lot of changes to comply with a massive new data protection law GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) coming into force on 25th of May. So, Washington friends and Martin’s Republican could prove to be invaluable allies to the company in its tough times as it faces more scrutiny in the days ahead.

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