KQED: Backers of California Privacy Ballot Measure Hand-Deliver Letter to Facebook

April 10, 2018

Mary Stone Ross left her Oakland home Monday morning and drove to Menlo Park in search of Facebook's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg.

After 10 minutes of driving around the tech giant's campus, Ross found a place to park near Building 20. She marched inside, and asked if she could hand-deliver a letter to Sandberg.

About five minutes later, a man at the front desk apologized, saying Sandberg and her staff were in and out of meetings. He told her that for security reasons, they couldn't accept the letter and to use snail mail instead.

Ross had actually already emailed the letter to Facebook's government affairs unit. But as president of a group called Californians for Consumer Privacy, who are working on a ballot measure that Facebook, Google and other well-funded California businesses vehemently oppose, Ross is assuming she's going to need a bit of dramatic flair to get her message out.

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