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State Department legal adviser joining Facebook as general counsel

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State Department legal adviser Jennifer Newstead will be Facebook's new general counsel, the company said on Monday.

Why it matters: Newstead's hiring as Facebook's top lawyer, announced alongside new VP of global communications John Pinette, comes as the social network continues to take on mounting scrutiny from regulators around the world.