Facebook has hired a general counsel to replace longtime legal leader Colin Stretch, more than a year into the social media platform’s slew of legal battles over misinformation and data privacy lapses.
Jennifer Newstead will lead the Menlo Park, California-based company’s legal team, Facebook announced in a press release Monday. She currently oversees domestic and international legal foreign policy issues and more than 200 lawyers and staff as the legal adviser to the U.S. Department of State, a role she’s held since 2017. She was the first woman to hold the position.
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