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As the company in Washington heats up, a representative of Facebook’s “bitch man” is making enemies of politicians and reporters.

Just this week, Facebook policy director, 40-year-old former Democrat Sens Barbara, a boxer, and veteran John Kerry, who is in a relationship with Andy Stone, questioned the confidence of Frances Haugen, who faced the wrath of Senator Marsha Blackburn. R-Tenn.) And quarreled with reporters, accusing them of throwing the company in the trash with “distracting” stories.

Insiders tell The Post that the real goal of Stone’s caustic communications strategy is to please Zuckerberg and CEO Sheryl Sandberg, even if it angers politicians who want to regulate Facebook and the reporters who cover it.

“The target audience is Mark, Sheryl and Facebook employees,” said a former Facebook employee who worked with Stone. “It doesn’t matter if journalists or the general public like them.”

During the last crisis, during the Cambridge Analytica conflict, Facebook played well, buying a full page apologizing. newspaper advertisements and sending Zuckerberg and Sandberg to testify before Congress. This time, a senior company official sent lower-level executives, such as security chief Antigone Davis, to get warmth from Congress and gave Stone the right to quarrel with Facebook critics.

Now Stone questioned the reliability of informant Frances Hougen (pictured).

“The traditional corporate PR book says that the company apologizes, offers to be part of the solution, and finds ways to please Congress in general,” the former Facebook employee said. “Facebook is out of it right now.”

Facebook and Stone, who joined the company in 2014, did not respond to comment requests.

In addition to Zuckerberg and Sandberg, the former Facebook employee said Stone’s firm stance is aimed at former President George W. Bush employee and lobbyist Joel Kaplan, who is currently Facebook’s head of global public policy at DC.

Now Stone is Facebook’s director of political relations.
Now Stone is Facebook’s director of political relations.

Stone’s militancy may also please Facebook software engineers, as the former employee supports the fight against politicians and journalists who treat the company unfairly.

“Every time these news cycles start … some employees worry about what they read, and other employees, often on the engineering side, want Facebook to be more aggressive and pushed back. So now viewers are with Andy.” the liaison team will play, ”the former employee said.

As Hoagen testified before a Senate subcommittee on Tuesday, Stone followed him, trying to undermine his credibility.

“I point out that @FrancesHaugen hasn’t worked on child safety or Instagram or studied these issues and doesn’t have direct information about his work on Facebook,” Stone Hougen wrote while still testifying.

A former Facebook employee called the response “sexy and horrible.” Blackburn, who held the top spot among Republicans on the subcommittee, was also not happy.

“If Facebook wants to discuss targeting kids, come and testify” Blackburn wrote in response to the stone.

Now Stone’s aggressive communication strategy appeals to Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg (left) and founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg (right), insiders say.
Now Stone’s aggressive communication strategy appeals to Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg (left) and founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg (right), insiders say.

Stone also accused Haugen of using “the company’s selected material to tell the wrong story” on CBS’s “60 Minutes” in an interview with Sunday.

The director, who works with other major technology companies other than Facebook, also said Stone’s strategy is to please the company’s management, even if it means digging the company deeper into the Capitol Hill.

“If you don’t want to change public opinion with subtle arguments or want to fully contextualize these facts because these facts are so bad or it won’t happen, then the best course of action at this time is to show you to your bosses. we are fighting for, ”the CEO said. “What are you doing to keep your bosses from going crazy?”

Carol Cadvalladr, a reporter for the Guardian newspaper who broke the Cambridge Analytica story, told Input that she clashed with Stone long before Hoagen emerged as Facebook’s chief critic.

Cadwalladr, Stone “deliberately lied about Cambridge Analytica and filled me up a few times.”

“It would be inappropriate to have such an attitude towards a journalist in a trillion-dollar company’s corporate PR,” Cadwalladr added.

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