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Facebook recruits ex-deputy UK PM Nick Clegg

20 October 2018

The 51-year-old, who lost his Sheffield Hallam seat in the 2017 general election, was personally selected by Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg and chief officer Sheryl Sandberg, it is understood. Sir Nick, a former European Commission trade negotiator, remains well-connected in Brussels, where regulators are taking a particular interest.

He starts on Monday, and he'll be working in Facebook's London office before relocating stateside along with his wife and their three children in the new year.

The surprise appointment comes as Facebook tries to deal with a global backlash against data protection, and problems over fake news.

Mr Clegg was the leader of Britain's Liberal Democrats, the minority partner in the Conservative-led coalition that ruled Britain between 2010 and 2015.

Mr Clegg lost his own seat in Britain's parliament in a general election past year.

"Our company is on a critical journey", she wrote.

He will succeed Elliot Schrage, who announced in June that he was leaving Facebook after a decade.

Clegg said he was delighted about joining Facebook, BBC reported.

'I hope to use some of those skills in my new role'.

Nor has he always been such the staunch defender of Facebook and Mr Zuckerberg which he has become in recent months - many outlets have highlighted a newspaper column prior to his hiring in which he asserted: "I'm not especially bedazzled by Facebook".

"While I have good friends who work at the company, I actually find the messianic Californian new-worldy-touchy-feely culture of Facebook a little grating". "Nor am I sure that companies such as Facebook really pay all the tax they could".

Schrage will stay as an adviser, Facebook said.

Facebook recruits ex-deputy UK PM Nick Clegg