Published: Sat, October 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Facebook hires Nick Clegg as head of global affairs

Facebook hires Nick Clegg as head of global affairs

The former deputy prime minister was the leader of the Liberal Democrats and formed a coalition government with David Cameron's Conservatives in 2010.

Facebook has hired former deputy prime minister Sir Nick Clegg as head of its global affairs and communications team.

"Our company is on a critical journey".

Clegg, 51, will become a vice president of the social media giant, and report to Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.

In a surprise defeat a year ago, Clegg lost his seat in parliament in the U.K.'s general election.

Mr Clegg is joining a company that has apologised for its mistakes and has promised to do better on many occasions, for example for breaching its users' trust.

Two years ago Sir Nick Clegg said: "I'm not especially bedazzled by Facebook".

'I hope to use some of those skills in my new role'. Members of the European Union parliament have called for an audit of Facebook, and careful scrutiny based on competition laws.

Schrage, who led the social network's response to its several scandals, stepped down from the role in June after a decade with the company.

Cambridge university grad Clegg will join Facebook at a time when it is under increasing pressure from regulators and governments around the world over everything from taxes to data protection.

Clegg said Facebook was "at the heart of some of the most complex and hard questions we face" such as "privacy of the individual", "integrity of our democratic process", and "the balance between free speech and prohibited content".

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