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n00b Eyes

Christian Martine, a 2014 graduate of Washington and Lee University, landed his first job out of college at Facebook.

A life-long computer geek, Christian works at Facebook’s Austin, Texas, office as an ads integrity analyst, where he helps make sure ads comply with Facebook’s policies. In an interview with the Charleston Daily Mail, he said, “One thing told me from day one was that we want you to use your ‘n00b eyes’ to call out things that don’t make sense. See if there are ways you can do better. That’s what excited me about Facebook. Precedent is important in that it teaches you something about things have been done but it’s not the law. It’s not something you cite and say, ‘we’ve always done it this way, so we should do it that way.’ If you find a better way to do it, then find a way to put it in place today.”

Christian, who grew up in Beckley and in nearby Daniels, West Virginia, majored in business and global politics at W&L. He said his college education helped him land his job at Facebook. “I work very closely with advertisers and policy where you’re guided by regulations, laws and the sentiment of people who use Facebook,” he said. “I’m drawing from my policy and business background and bringing that nexus into place.

“I believe what I’m doing is making a difference, giving resources to connect people with each other,” he added. “I believe a world connected is one that is better.”