Beijing time on April 21 morning news, the first three months of this year, Facebook‘s lobbying expenses once again set a new record. This is the company‘s expenses before it gets involved in the data scandal.
According to a document submitted to the government by Facebook on Friday, Facebook’s lobbying expenses in the first quarter of this year reached $3.3 million, compared to about $3.21 million in the same period last year.
Facebook lobbying is primarily related to federal privacy legislation, online advertising, Internet privacy, and security. The document also said that Facebook had discussed the issue with the government on data breaches, but the company did not provide specific details.
Cambridge Analytica improperly obtained data from a large number of Facebook users. At the end of the first quarter, the exposure of the event made Facebook the center of the whirlpool.
Some technology companies have become rigorously censored by Washington, including Alphabet, Google, Facebook and Amazon. The review involves online content responsibilities, market monopolies, and government contract disputes. Some government officials have called for increased supervision.
Google’s lobbying costs in the first quarter reached $5.02 million, a 43% increase from the previous year and a 14% increase from the last quarter of 2017. In general, Google is the company with the most lobbying spending in the technology industry, reaching a record high of $5.93 million in the third quarter of 2017.
Microsoft’s lobbying costs in the first quarter were about $2.3 million. Amazon’s expenditure in the first three months was about $3.38 million, an increase of 17% year-on-year and a 2% quarter-on-quarter increase. Apple’s lobbying expenses in the first quarter were about $2.14 million, a 53% year-on-year increase and a 33% quarter-on-quarter increase.
Facebook’s lobbying targets include the White House, the Senate, the House of Representatives, and government agencies such as the FTC and FCC.