Facebook hires former Uber PR chief Rachel Whetstone

Whetstone, who left Uber following corporate scandals and has worked for leading Conservative politicians in the UK, will become communications VP

Rachel Whetstone, the former top public relations executive at Uber, is joining Facebook as vice-president of communications for Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger.

Whetstone, a British public relations guru who worked for some of the UK’s most powerful Conservative politicians, stepped down as head of public policy and communications at Uber in April following a string of corporate scandals. Before Uber, Whetstone worked at Google as the head of communications and public policy.

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