Facebook's payroll increasingly contains names from Capitol Hill these days, The New York Times reports. Political analysts say the strategy aims to build the company's political influence in congress and quiet criticisms. Its most recent talks involve President Barack Obama's former press secretary, Robert Gibbs. The company hired a former Clinton Administration official as its chief operating officer and last year a former Obama Administration official began serving as the company's vice president of global public policy, among others. "The practical implication is it's going to make it more difficult for advocates to convince members of congress that Facebook presents a privacy problem," said one expert. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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