Facebook’s former Chief Privacy Officer Chris Kelly is running for attorney general in the state of California, but rival Kamala Harris is running a TV attack ad that claims “his only experience is designing the Facebook privacy policy condemned across the country.”

The ad concludes, “Chris Kelly released your private information.” Kelly took the privacy chief job at the social networking site in 2005, then resigned on March 16, 2010 during his run for public office, but the ad’s accusations might not be factual.

Politico reports that he wrote an e-mail to progressive hub MoveOn.org criticizing Facebook’s privacy policy, and according to Time Magazine he went on hiatus from the company back in August, possibly before the development of the Instant Personalization feature that has drawn such ire from users who feel that their privacy is threatened.

Harris has been slamming Kelly for his involvement at Facebook for a while now. One of her statements read, “If Kelly couldn’t stand up to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on behalf of Facebook users, how on earth can Californians trust Kelly to go to bat on their behalf as attorney general?” She’s currently the front-runner in the race for the democratic nomination, leading Kelly by 11% in one poll.

This new ad — which is probably the first TV attack ad to focus on Facebook — brought the spat to millions of TV screens in the Los Angeles area on Tuesday.

The Ad

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[via The Los Angeles Times]

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