From Sarah Frier and Bill Allison's 10-16-17 Bloomberg.com article entitled "Facebook Is Looking for Employees with National Security Clearances":
looking to hire people who have national security clearances, a move
the company thinks is necessary to prevent foreign powers from
manipulating future elections through its social network, according to a
person familiar with the matter.
with such clearance can access information classified by the U.S.
government. Facebook plans to use these people -- and their ability to
receive government information about potential threats -- to search more
proactively for questionable social media campaigns ahead of elections,
according to the person, who asked not to be identified because the
information is sensitive. A Facebook spokesman declined to comment.
candidates like this are often former government and intelligence
officials or contractors. The status can carry over to private-sector
jobs, as long as the position still requires access to sensitive
information. Previously granted clearances become inactive when
intelligence workers leave government employment, but they can be
reactivated on Facebook’s behalf, the person said.
Office of the National Director of Intelligence and the Department of
Homeland Security didn’t respond to requests for comment on Sunday."