Facebook hires team to lobby governments on privacy issues

Oy.  As if Facebook cares about the privacy, safety, and security of its members (especially political activists), it now appears Facebook is going to try to "lobby" (ie. bribe) governments in an effort to avoid government regulation, scrutiny, liability, etc:  

Facebook's founder, Mark Zuckerberg, 25, has realised that the biggest difficulty is how to manage the privacy of users while growing so fast.
With so much personal information kept on its servers, it is coming under increasing scrutiny from governments and campaign groups.

Earlier this year Facebook spent $9.5m (£5.9m) settling a lawsuit over an intrusive advertising system launched in 2007, and last month it made a series of changes that exposed millions of people's information to the world.

The changes angered privacy advocates and led to an official complaint to the US regulator.

To combat such threats to its future, Facebook has spent the past year hiring a team of lobbyists in Washington and Brussels to push its cause with politicians.
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