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This will be the departure of Facebook's sixth top executive this year. The company's corporate communications head Rachel Whetstone is leaving Facebook for a public relations (PR) role at Netflix. Whetstone was the VP of communications for WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger products since joining a year ago. Before Facebook, Whetstone was the SVP of policy and communications at Uber, a role she also held at Google. Incidentally, at Google, she took over for Elliot Schrage who then departed for a role at Facebook; Schrage announced his departure from Facebook in June. Meanwhile, Netflix has put out a statement announcing Whetstone joining their team. “Her deep knowledge and international expertise will be invaluable as we bring Netflix and its expanding lineup of original content to an increasingly global audience,” said Reed Hastings, Netflix CEO. At Netflix, Whetstone is replacing Jonathan Friedland, who was ousted earlier this year for using a racial slur. Other top exec departures at Facebook this year Last week, Facebook partnerships head Dan Rose left the company for personal reasons. Alex Stamos, chief security officer, said in August that he would be leaving the company. In March, Stamos wrote to his colleagues at Facebook to exercise restraint while collecting data from users. “We need to intentionally not collect data where possible, and to keep it only as long as we are using it to serve people.” he said. Facebook’s chief legal officer Colin Stretch announced he’ll be leaving by the end of 2018. Check out our Facebook coverage here.

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