Facebook’s top attorney stepping down as company faces multiple probes

Facebook Inc.’s top lawyer, who led the company’s investigation into Russian election interference, is leaving the company at the end of the year.

Colin Stretch, who has worked at the company since 2010, announced his departure in a Facebook post Tuesday afternoon. He leaves while Facebook FB, +1.78%  is the subject of multiple probes by federal agencies regarding the company’s mishandling of private user data.

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Stretch said he had moved to Washington, D.C., several years ago and was thus several time zones removed from Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.

“As Facebook embraces the broader responsibility [CEO Mark Zuckerberg] has discussed in recent months, I’ve concluded that the company and the Legal team need sustained leadership in Menlo Park,” he wrote.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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