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Facebook Is Looking for Employees With National Security Clearances

  • Social media giant wants help to spot future election meddling
  • Russian group bought ads to sow discord during 2016 campaign
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Facebook Said to Seek Staff With Security Clearance

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Facebook Inc. is looking to hire people who have national security clearances, a move the company thinks is necessary to prevent foreign powers from manipulating future elections through its social network, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Workers with such clearance can access information classified by the U.S. government. Facebook plans to use these people -- and their ability to receive government information about potential threats -- to search more proactively for questionable social media campaigns ahead of elections, according to the person, who asked not to be identified because the information is sensitive. A Facebook spokesman declined to comment.