Facebook Canada names new head

Jordan Banks, former eBay Canada and JumpTV executive

TORONTO -- Poked by the Canadian government over privacy concerns, U.S. social media site Facebook has installed veteran Internet executive Jordan Banks at the head of its Canadian business operations.

Banks, a former eBay Canada and JumpTV executive, replaces Louise Clements, who abruptly left Facebook Canada last month after she launched the information sharing giant's Canadian advertising sales division a year ago.

Facebook in a statement said Banks will oversee its commercial operations here, while playing a role in ongoing negotiations with Canada's privacy czar Jennifer Stoddart after she launched a probe into Facebook's default settings to ensure they comply with Canada's privacy laws.

At the same time, negotiations with the Canadian government will be led by Facebook's Palo Alto-based headquarters.

Facebook remains a major force in Canadian media. The California-based social media site has 15 million users here, whose personal information the Canadian feds are keen to see not widely shared with advertisers, game developers and iPhone application makers.

The Canadian government is also in a snit over how Facebook is failing to deactivate or delete accounts of deceased Canadians, and using the information of non-users gleaned from the social networking site.

Before joining Facebook, Banks most recently ran Thunder Road Capital, a consultancy for tech start-ups.
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