Big Tech regulation

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.

Big Tech's shifting lobbying army

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The fast-evolving internet ecosystem is changing how tech companies form alliances to lobby policy-makers in Washington.

The bigger picture: Lines are blurring or becoming more stark among different tech, media and telecom companies. Telecom companies are producing content, while platform companies are exploring new services like internet connections. That means sectors are no longer staying in their lanes, and regulatory scrutiny is shifting.