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Facebook has named a new head of U.S. public policy as the company deals with ongoing fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal and increasing pressure over privacy around the world.

Kevin Martin, a Republican former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission who has worked for the social media platform since 2015, will take on the role on an interim basis, the company said.

The move comes in the wake of revelations that Cambridge Analytica, the political consultancy with ties to President Donald Trump's campaign, obtained the personal data of as many as 87 million Facebook users without their permission. Earlier in April, Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress for two days over the episode, and the company is facing privacy probes by the U.S. and international authorities.

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