Facebook hires Nick Clegg as head of global affairs

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) has employed former U.Ok. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to steer its global affairs and communications group, because the social community offers with quite a lot of scandals associated to privateness, pretend news and election meddling.

Former Liberal Democrat chief Nick Clegg speaks at a marketing campaign event in London, Britain, May 2 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

The appointment makes Clegg, former chief of Britain’s Liberal Democrats and deputy to David Cameron between 2010 and 2015, probably the most senior European politician ever in a management position in Silicon Valley.

Facebook mentioned Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg had been intently concerned within the hiring course of, and began speaking to Clegg over the summer season.

“Our company is on a critical journey. The challenges we face are serious and clear and now more than ever we need new perspectives to help us though this time of change,” Sandberg mentioned on a Facebook submit congratulating Clegg.

Clegg, 51, succeeds Elliot Schrage and can report to Sandberg starting Monday.

Clegg was ousted as deputy prime minister after the Conservatives received a majority in 2015 in an election that noticed his celebration endure a big loss of assist. Clegg lost his personal seat in Britain’s parliament in a basic election final yr.

“Throughout my public life I have relished grappling with difficult and controversial issues and seeking to communicate them to others. I hope to use some of those skills in my new role,” Clegg mentioned in a Facebook submit.

Schrage, who led the social community’s response to its a number of scandals, stepped down from the position in June after a decade with the company. Schrage will keep as an adviser, Facebook mentioned.

Facebook has confronted a barrage of criticism from customers and lawmakers after it mentioned final yr that Russian brokers used its platform to unfold disinformation earlier than and after the 2016 U.S. presidential election, an accusation Moscow denies.

In March, the company confronted new scrutiny over the way it protects private data after acknowledging that the info of as much as 87 million individuals ended up within the arms of political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

Reporting by Munsif Vengattil in Bengaluru and Paul Sandle in London; Editing by Arun Koyyur and Saumyadeb Chakrabarty

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