by Whitney Webb from MintPress News
The U.S. government-social media nexus appears to be tightening. Earlier
this week, President Donald Trump held a closed-door meeting with
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. Just days prior, the other top social-media
network, Facebook, hired Jennifer Newstead, a former legal adviser to
Trump’s state department who had previously co-authored the
controversial Patriot Act, known for its role in eroding American civil
liberties following the September 11 attacks.
Newstead’s hire was announced on Monday
and she will now serve as Facebook’s general counsel. Newstead’s hire
was announced in tandem with the hire of John Pinette, formerly of
Google, Microsoft and Bill Gates’ “private innovation lab,” as
Facebook’s new vice president of global communications.
Newstead mostly recently served as a
legal adviser to the Trump administration’s state department, where she
was involved in “overseeing work on all domestic and international legal
issues affecting the conduct of U.S. foreign policy,” according to
Facebook’s announcement. This included defending the U.S.’ unilateral
imposition of sanctions on Iran in pursuit of regime change in Tehran at
the International Criminal Court (ICC)...
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