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Facebook just hired a former White House official as its first head of cybersecurity policy

  • Nathaniel Gleicher joined the company this month, according to his LinkedIn profile.
  • Gleicher previously served as the director for cybersecurity policy at the National Security Council.
  • Facebook has come under fire in recent months for alleged failures to curtail Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential election.

Facebook has hired a former White House official as its first head of cybersecurity policy.

The social media giant confirmed Nathaniel Gleicher has joined the company. He joined Facebook this month, according to his LinkedIn profile, from cybersecurity firm Illumio.

The hire was first noted by cybersecurity website Cyberscoop.

Gleicher's hire comes as Facebook struggles to keep a small number of users from posting hate speech and spreading fake news on the site. This week the company bought a start-up called Confirm that authenticates user identities. Last week Facebook said it was overhauling its News Feed in an effort to promote "trusted" news sources.

Facebook has also come under fire for alleged failures to curtail Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential election. The company said in November it would expand its cybersecurity efforts.

Gleicher previously served as the director for cybersecurity policy at the National Security Council and as senior counsel to the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section at the Department of Justice.

Correction: Nathaniel Gleicher joined Facebook this month and it's unclear which team he will be working with. That fact was misstated in an earlier version.