And now the social networking giant is holding hands with the former Bush administration, hiring an ex-regulator to defend its privacy practices. The Bush administration isn’t exactlyknown for its protection of civil liberties, and for Facebook to associate itself with a shadowy presidency is likely to rile quite a few people.
But the Facebook staff isn’t turning only to Republicans. Last year Facebook beefed up its team by hiring Tim Sparapani, previously the senior counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, to be its director of public policy.
Facebook has a lot of work to do if it wants to establish a reputation other than one synonymous with leaks, breaks, and bugs. Despite having more than 400 million users, Facebook is deteriorating into the flaky zone. It’s time for Facebook to get serious about privacy.