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Facebook Friends a State Lobbyist



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    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a new friend.

    In the midst of the world's concern with Facebook's privacy issue, the social networking company announced it has added a new lobbyist friend.

    The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company hired a lobbyist in Sacramento to push the company's agenda on the state legislature and the governor's office on privacy and technology issues, according to the Los Angeles Times.

    William Gonzalez is the first registered state-level lobbyist for a company that started paying professional networkers to friend politicians in Washington last year.

    How Facebook shares the information of its some 500 million users has come under intense fire in recent weeks. Pressure even forced the company's young CEO to admit to a "zuck up" and make dramatic changes to how much control users have over their information.

    The hiring of a lobbyist to work on privacy issues may not be the status update privacy groups and consumer advocates have been hoping to see.