WASHINGTON (AFP) - Facebook announced on Tuesday that it had hired former US president Bill Clintons spokesman Joe Lockhart to serve as vice president of global communications at the social network. Joes arrival brings new skills and greater depth to our incredibly busy team, Elliot Schrage, Facebooks vice president of global communications, marketing and public policy, said in a statement. His experience building and running a press office at the White House gives him particular appreciation for the demands of a global 24-hour news cycle and the challenges of responding effectively to intense scrutiny, Schrage said. A Facebook spokesman said Lockhart will manage Facebooks corporate, policy and international communications teams.