Facebook Hires Nick Clegg To Head Global Affairs And Communications Team

Sergio Conner
October 19, 2018

Facebook has hired former British deputy PM Nick Clegg to head up its global affairs - a move that reportedly involved boss Mark Zuckerberg spending months "wooing" the Lib Dem has-been.

Clegg, who has spent much of his post-parliamentary career campaigning against Brexit, will now move to Silicon Valley, California, replacing Elliot Schrage, who in June announced that he was leaving the company.

The 51-year-old will be the vice president of global affairs and communications at Facebook, BBC reported.

Whether this will come to anything remains to be seen.

Facebook has faced intense scrutiny and the threat of government regulation following the Cambridge Analytica data scandal and alleged election meddling.

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In a Facebook post today, Clegg acknowledged the obvious challenges of the job he's just agreed to take, saying Facebook and its subsidiaries-including WhatsApp and Instagram-lay at the heart of some of the most hard questions facing society today, including privacy, the integrity of the democratic process, and the tension between local cultures in a connected world.

Last week, the company said hackers had stolen personal details of 29 million Facebook users in September.

The former Liberal Democrat leader's announcement was greeted with surprise in Westminster.

"It's time we pause for breath before everyone charges off in a stampede of condemnation of tax-dodging-fake-news-extremism-promoting-data-controlling tech firms".

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