Last week we told you that Facebook was trying to fill more seats in their Washington D.C. office, where currently they have six on their government relations staff.
Now, we have learned that Facebook signed a lease in downtown Washington to occupy an 8,600 square foot office. This new space can potentially hold 30 to 40 people.
According to The Washington Post, Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes said in an email that the new office constituted “a long-term location that will fit our growing business needs.” He said the company will most likely move in April.
It isn’t confirmed how many Facebook is officially planning on hiring, but they’ve been slowly and steadily staffing up. Facebook has made a number of hires in the past few years in DC to address issues like copyright, security of children online and privacy.
We wrote before that privacy is an increasingly important issue for Facebook – currently the company has openings for a public policy guru and a deputy press spokesperson, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek.
But the social media’s presence is still small compared with other major tech firms. According to OpenSecrets.org, Facebook spent between $200k and $250k lobbying in the past two years. Microsoft is spending $5.2M lobbying just this year, while Google is spending $3.9M.
Maybe Facebook is smart by beefing up their capitol presence. Marne Levine, Vice president of global public policy at Facebook had to defend the company with a detailed letter to congress last month in response to an October Wall Street Journal article titled “Facebook in Privacy Breach.” Read the full letter here.
Could this be the beginning of a long road of privacy battles for Facebook? Do you think the company is smart for staffing up in D.C? Tell us in the comments below.