Fb has recruited Kate Patchen, a veteran of the U.S. Division of Justice who led its antitrust workplace in Silicon Valley, to be a director and affiliate basic counsel of litigation.
Patchen takes up her submit amid ongoing scandals and popularity crises for her new employer, becoming a member of Fb this month, in line with her LinkedIn profile.
The transfer was noticed earlier by the FT, which experiences that Fb additionally posted a job itemizing on LinkedIn for a “lead counsel” in Washington to deal with competitors points two weeks in the past — suggesting a broader effort to bulk up its in-house experience.
Patchen brings to her new employer a wealth of expertise on the antitrust matter, having spent 16 years on the DoJ, the place she started as a trial legal professional earlier than changing into an assistant chief within the antitrust division in 2014. Two years later she was made chief.
We reached out to Fb in regards to the rent and it acknowledged our e-mail however didn’t instantly present touch upon its resolution to recruit a specialist in antitrust enforcement.
The social media large definitely has loads taking part in on its thoughts on this entrance.
In 2016 it landed firmly on lawmakers’ radar and in sizzling political waters when the extent of Kremlin-funded election interference exercise on the platform first emerged. Since then a string of safety and information misuse scandals have solely dialed up the political stress on Fb.
Home lawmakers at the moment are most actively discussing how one can regulate social media. Though competitors scrutiny is growing on large tech normally, with calls from some quarters to interrupt up platform giants as a repair for a spread of damaging impacts.
The FT notes, for instance, that democratic lawmakers just lately launched laws to deal with “the specter of financial focus.” And the sight of Democrats pushing for harder competitors enforcement suggests the celebration’s love affair with Silicon Valley tech giants is effectively and really over.
In Europe, competitors regulators have already moved towards large tech, issuing two very giant fines lately towards Google merchandise, with extra investigations ongoing.
Amazon can also be now on the Fee’s radar. At a nationwide degree, EU competitors regulators have been paying growing consideration to how the adtech business is dominated by the duopoly of Google and Fb.
Patchen, in the meantime, joins Fb concurrently some long-serving veterans are headed out the door — together with public coverage chief Elliot Schrage.
Schrage’s departure has been in practice for some months, however a leaked inner memo we obtained this week suggests he’s being packaged up as a handy fall man for a freshly cracked public relations scandal.
Final month Fb introduced it was hiring extra new blood: Former deputy prime minister of the U.Ok., Nick Clegg, to be its new head of world coverage and comms — with Schrage slated then to be staying on in an advisory capability.
In different current senior management strikes, Fb CSO Alex Stamos additionally left the corporate this summer time, whereas chief authorized officer Colin Stretch introduced he would go away on the finish of the yr.
However in line with a Recode report this month, Stretch has now put his exit on maintain — till a minimum of subsequent summer time — apparently deciding to remain to assist out with ongoing authorized and political crises.