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Facebook Status Update: Owens Hired

When Corey Owens, a spokesman for the United Food and Commercial Workers union, nabbed a new job as policy associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Facebook, he made use of the social-networking site to announce his move.

Owens recently updated his status on Facebook to let his friends know he has accepted an offer to join the company on April 1.

“My Facebook status seems like the right place to do this: In just over a week I’ll be moving down Connecticut Ave. to join the good folks at Facebook Washington DC,” he wrote. “Truly psyched to work on really pressing issues with an exciting company.”

In a phone interview, Owens confirmed he would be changing jobs. As someone who spends his days pitching to reporters, Owens said it was strange to suddenly become the subject of media interest.

“It’s weird being the story,” he said.

Owens is filling one of two newly created jobs in Facebook’s D.C. office, the other being a more senior lobbying position. The California-based company’s Washington office currently has three staffers.

Owens has also worked for the American Civil Liberties Union. Tim Sparapani, who was hired last year to head the D.C. office of Facebook, had also been at the ACLU.

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