Today, Pinterest found an executive it hopes will be able to deal with an existential threat.His name is Michael Yang.
Today is Yang’s last day as deputy general counsel at Google. Soon, he’ll be Pinterest’s head of legal, a PR rep for the company confirms.
Pinterest is a surging social media property; its growth in recent months has rivaled Facebook’s early days, in fact.
For this reason, investors just gave the company another $50 million at a $1.5 billion valuation and employees are fleeing other Silicon Valley companies to join up.
But Pinterest faces a serious legal challenge in its future: a huge portion of the content hosted on the site is copyrighted content, posted without the consent or even knowlege of the copyright owners.
This issue grew so heated, that at one point, a lawyer who used Pinterest freaked out and deleted her account because she was afraid of getting sued.
Yang is plenty familiar with controversy. Dealing with was his main job at Google.
In 2008, he handled controversy over an awkward section in Google Chrome’s terms of service. (Originally, the terms said that anything users wrote in Chrome, Google owned. Whoops.)
Back in 2010, when Google made a product, Buzz, that published the names of the people its users frequently emailed, he was the one who went out to explain how the company would fix the problem.
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