Facebook’s General Counsel has now announced is not leaving

Colin Stretch, Facebook’s General Counsel, announced back in July 2018 that he would leave the company at the end of the year.

The announcement came in the midst of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, at a time when the company was still dealing with backlash regarding the company’s use of private data and the circulation of fake news.

Stretch joined the company in 2010, serving as vice president and general counsel since July 2013. He has appeared before Congress to speak on the Russian interference in the presidential election.

However, Stretch has now decided to stay at Facebook due to the volume of legal and political crises the company is dealing with. Stretch is expected to stay on until at least summer 2019, though could be for longer.

Stretch was named in the New York Times post published last week, which delved into how CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg have handled the company’s various scandals over the past two years. He was listed as one of the few Facebook executives aware of the fact that Russian hackers were using the service prior to the election, before it became public knowledge.

It may be likely that Zuckerberg, Sandberg and Stretch will be asked to appear again before Congress.

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