Facebook in talks with Robert Gibbs

Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs is in talks to take on a senior communications position with Facebook, The New York Times reported late Sunday.

Talks are at an early stage, no formal offer has been made and discussions could still collapse, people briefed on the negotiations told The Times.

When he stepped down in early February, Gibbs told the Times that he planned to help with President Obama's re-election campaign and continue his work outside the walls of the White House.

In his announcement briefing in early January, he talked about the value of new media: "We've tried more stuff on social networking that I think will continue long past my existence inside this building because that, too, is important," Gibbs said.