Facebook lays out its convention plans

Facebook lays out its convention plans

Facebook lays out its convention plans

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by ANDREW DUNN / Charlotte Observer

WCNC.com

Posted on August 17, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 17 at 12:47 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Facebook is sometimes known for ill-advised party pics, but during the DNC, the newly public social media giant will be hosting shindigs of its own.

No word, though, on whether Mark Zuckerberg and his hoodie will make an appearance in Charlotte.

The company unveiled its plans for Charlotte and the RNC in Tampa this week through a post on a page run by its Politics & Government team.

Facebook will host receptions "honoring pro-technology legislators and highlighting the contributions of leading high-tech innovators to the strength of the American economy," the company said.

The company is also throwing an "Apps & Drinks" party where developers and Facebook's public policy staff will show off their politics apps. On convention Monday, the company will participate in a forum talking about social media's impact on the 2012 election.

Facebook is also co-sponsoring StartUp RockOn events sponsoring entrepreneurs.

Facebook went public earlier this year, and has been under considerable government scrutiny in recent years since it collects so much personal data. Earlier this month, the Federal Trade Commission finalized a settlement with the company over privacy controls requiring audits for two decades.

The company has also ramped up its federal lobbying spending. Facebook spent $960,000 on U.S. federal lobbying in the second quarter of this year, according to federal records. It's spent $1.6 million in the first half of the year, after spending $1.35 million all of last year.

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