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Facebook's top lawyer is leaving the company

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Facebook's week has taken another turn for the worse. The social network's general counsel Colin Stretch (above) has announced he's leaving the company by year's end, according to The Wall Street Journal. Stretch testified during the hearings in Washington, DC last November and has been with the company since 2010. He made the announcement via his Facebook page, saying that his departure was the result of logistics. A few years ago Stretch moved to Washington DC and apparently the differences in time zones and working with his team shaped the decision.

"As Facebook embraces the broader responsibility [Mark Zuckerberg] has discussed in recent months, I've concluded that the company and the legal team need sustained leadership in Menlo Park," he wrote.

This morning, a memo from outgoing security chief Alex Stamos surfaced, revealing his views on the company's strategy moving forward. "We need to be willing to pick sides when there are clear moral or humanitarian issues. And we need to be open, honest and transparent about our challenges and what we are doing to fix them," he wrote.

With the social network under governmental scrutiny for the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, not to mention the 2016 election, these high profile departures aren't a good look. Who's next?

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