Andrew Noyes to Lobby for Facebook

Facebook beefed up its lobbying presence in Washington, D.C., hiring journalist Andrew Noyes as manager of public-policy communications, TechCrunch reported.

Noyes most recently blogged on “Politics and Policy in the Wired World” for National Journal‘s CongressDaily, as well as contributing articles to National Journal.

Facebook director of corporate communications and public policy Barry Schnitt said in an email obtained by TechCrunch:

I wanted to let you know of a new hire for Facebook in Washington, D.C. Andrew Noyes, 29, will join the company as manager of public-policy communications. Andrew, who formally starts in mid-November, brings a wealth of relevant experience to help Facebook manage and further develop relationships in the nation’s capital.

As Facebook continues to innovate and grow—with a rapidly growing user community of more than 300 million—it is important that we expand our capability to explain to policymakers, the press and the public how we enable people to share in a more trusted environment, help make the world more connected and drive economic growth. Specific policy issues on the agenda for Andrew and the rest of Facebook’s D.C. office include enhancing cybersecurity and online safety, expanding digital privacy protection through user control of data and protecting free speech. David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.