Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is making a rare appearance in Washington, D.C., this week. Zuckerberg has been raising his political profile since the company went public in May 2012, and this trip is a highly visible extension of that strategy.
Facebook’s lobbying tab in the second quarter was a healthy $1.06 million, according to disclosure forms filed with the U.S. Senate Sunday night. While strong, the second-quarter figures were off the blistering pace set by the social network in the first quarter of the year, $2.45 million, which put the company ahead of its Silicon Valley rivals.
Lobbying group and trade association The Internet Association, which counts Facebook among its members, launched a revamped website aimed at allowing readers to comment on proposed legislation related to the industry.
A group of conservative activists and bloggers is promoting a 24-hour boycott of Facebook July 4 as a response to their claim that Facebook is censoring conservative content and blocking users. So how is Freedom from Facebook Day being promoted? As a Facebook event, naturally.
Facebook added to its lobbying roster in Washington, D.C., with the addition of Caitlin O’Neill, chief of staff for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), The Washington Post’s In the Loop blog reported.
You can’t get to 1.11 billion friends without spending a few dollars: Consumer Watchdog reported that the social network spent $2.45 million on lobbying efforts during the first quarter of 2013, up a whopping 277 percent from $650,000 in the year-earlier period.
Facebook is increasingly becoming a player in Washington, D.C., and not just because of social media’s influence on politics. MarketWatch reported Wednesday that Facebook spent $1.4 million on lobbying in the fiscal fourth quarter — a 314 percent increase from what it sent to politicians during the same time period in 2011.
Earlier this week, we learned that Facebook really likes Washington, D.C. Now Facebook is teaming up with fellow online giants Google, Amazon, and eBay to form The Internet Association, which claims that it will lobby to “advance public policy solutions that strengthen and protect an open, innovative, and free Internet.”
In Facebook’s first lobbying disclosure filing with the U.S. Senate since becoming a public company May 18, the social media platform showed no signs of letting up on investing in its political and policy reach to members of Congress, as well as federal agencies, as the Menlo Park, Calif.-based company continues to break its own records.