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Facebook and Robert Gibbs are still "in talks," and he has not given a definite answer yet

Facebook is looking to hire President Obama's former White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs, as communications director ahead of an initial public offering scheduled for early 2012. 

Facebook, the $60 billion company that initially launched in 2004 by CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, has soared in popularity achieving 500 million active users, but has also stumbled over certain issues in the past. For example, Facebook was targeted by Washington regulators due to Internet security and online privacy problems that threw the company into talks with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Federal Trade Commission. In addition, the social networking giant ran into public relations issues when a planned offering of private stocks by Goldman Sachs to U.S. investors was cancelled due to problems with rules by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Now, Facebook is hoping to hire Gibbs in an effort to "build its communications team ahead of an initial offering." The company is looking to utilize Gibbs' communication skills to better describe Facebook policies to users and regulators.

Gibbs left the White House in February, but planned to help with President Obama's re-election campaign before accepting any other offers. While Facebook is still negotiating with Gibbs and many of the details have yet to be figured out, the social networking company is pushing Gibbs to accept the position quickly. The position offered is director of technology communications. 

The job would take Gibbs to Palo Alto, California, where he would work under Elliot Schrage, vice president of global communications at Facebook. While some reports say that accepting the position would be beneficial for Gibbs, he has not given a definite answer yet and is even consulting former White House colleagues like David Axelrod as to whether or not he should go to Facebook.

According to sources that chose to remain anonymous due to the confidentiality of these talks, Gibbs' compensation has not been thoroughly discussed yet, but a "job for Mr. Gibbs at Facebook could be worth millions of dollars." They noted that he would receive a cash salary and shares ahead of the initial offering.

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