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Early Facebook Lobbyist Steps Down

October 3, 2011

One of Facebook's top lobbyists and a prominent privacy advocate, Timothy Sparapani, is stepping down, the company said Monday.

Sparapani came to Facebook in 2009 after working on privacy issues for the American Civil Liberties Union. He leaves as the social network copes with mounting privacy questions on Capitol Hill and around the country.

A Facebook spokesman did not disclose why Sparapani was leaving but cited a "desire to pursue new opportunities."

"Tim Sparapani decided to transition out of the company last month," said Facebook's Andrew Noyes in a statement. "He has made a lasting impact by helping build our DC team and policy portfolio. We are sad to see him go... and we wish him well."

When Sparapani joined Facebook he was one of only two D.C. employees. Since then, the company has increased its Washington and lobbying presence, including hiring former White House spokesman Joe Lockhart. Among the new hires is Louisa Terrell, former special assistant to the president at the White House. Terrell, whose hiring was announced in mid-September, was named as director of public policy with a focus on the Senate.

Facebook has also brought on privacy lawyer Erin Egan as senior policy adviser and director of privacy.

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