WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared in a British court today where it was decided that he would remain custody until his next court date on December 14. He was arrested after submitting to authorities and says he will resist extradition to Sweden where he “faces questioning in connection with alleged sex offenses,” reports the New York Times. The story also says that this promises to be a long legal process.
Wikileaks tweeted the message above earlier today.
According to public policy communications manager Andrew Noyes, Facebook D.C., the official page of the company’s D.C. office, launched shortly after he joined the company last year. Facebook’s newest offices in Seattle and Austin also have their own Facebook pages; Facebook Live launched from the headquarters in Palo Alto a few months ago.
Facebook is currently facing charges from Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) that the social network does not respect user’s privacy.
Schumer told CNN, in a segment that also featured Nick O’Neill from our sibling blog AllFacebook.com, “the fact that you have to opt out, and the fact that the opt out procedure is complicated, clearly means that people have less control.” He was referring to Facebook sharing user data with third party sites.
Issues like this could be one reason why Facebook staffed up its D.C. public affairs office months ago. The office consists of four staffers, PRNewser has learned, and is led by Timothy Sparapani, a former senior attorney with American Civil Liberties Union. Adam Conner is Associate Manager for policy. The company also recently addedCorey Owens, previously the Press Secretary at the Constitution Project, a D.C. privacy group to their D.C. team.
Andrew Noyes, formerly a reporter with CongressDaily, joined Facebook as Manager, Public Policy Communications in October 2009. In a PRNewser interview at the time, Noyes said, in regards to Facebook’s challenges communicating privacy issues:
You’ve got the FTC, which is very interested in privacy and consumer issues. They are the lead agency on this and they’ve expressed a lot of interest in taking a hard look at how companies like Facebook, Google, Yahoo and others are using people’s personal info and protecting data.
You have so many cooks in the kitchen so to speak so sometimes messages get muddled. The biggest challenge is making sure Washington truly understands what Facebook is, what Facebook offers and how it protects user’s information.
When we caught up with Noyes today to talk about Schumer’s comments, he sent us the following statement:
We appreciate the concerns raised by Sen. Schumer and expect that further dialogue with interested members of Congress about the user controls that accompany the tools announced by Facebook last week will alleviate any concerns they may have.
He also said Facebook is looking to make one more hire in their D.C. office. The Federal Trade Commission indicated they will weigh into the debate at some point.
Facebook announced yesterday the expansion of their Washington D.C. public policy team with the hire of former CongressDaily reporter Andrew Noyes as Manager of Public Policy Communications. At just 29, Noyes has years of inside the Beltway experience, covering privacy, cybersecurity and intellectual property, among other issues.
One of Facebook’s public policy priorities is the pending legislation around online ad targeting and personal data. Noyes, who hasn’t technically even started with Facebook as of yet (He starts on 11/9 and until that point continues to be a reporter for CongressDaily), was understandably reserved on the issue. “I’m hesitant to really talk about how Facebook has handled it to this point or how they will handle it,” he said.
We caught up with Noyes via phone today to chat about some of the challenges communicating Facebook’s message in Washigton, what experience he brings to the table to do so, and how the company will continue to make use of social media (notably it’s own network) to communicate with the public.
In the memo announcing your hire Barry Schnitt, Director, Corporate Communications and Public Policy said, “Specific policy issues on the agenda for Andrew and the rest of Facebook’s DC office include enhancing cybersecurity and online safety, expanding digital privacy protection through user control of data, and protecting free speech.” What are some of the biggest challenges in communicating these issues?
Let me start with privacy and to some extent online safety. What you’ve got is an interesting mix of opinions on how these issues should be addressed in the digital age.