Facebook hires Nick Clegg as global communications chief

Leroy Wright
October 20, 2018

Clegg will take over from the role's former occupant Elliot Schrage, who personally led the search for his replacement after announcing he would be leaving Facebook following a decade at the firm in June. According to the Financial Times, Clegg, 51, got the job after successfully "wooing" Mark Zuckerberg and will be one of the few high-ranking British officials to enjoy a position close to the chief executive's side.

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

The appointment comes amid intense scrutiny of the company and the threat of government regulation following allegations of election meddling and the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.

"Throughout my public life I have relished grappling with hard and controversial issues and seeking to communicate them to others", Clegg said in a Facebook post.

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

"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. I find the messianic Californian new-worldy-touchy-feely culture of Facebook a little grating".

It comes as Mark Zuckerberg seeks to fix the company's reputation amid rows over transparency and the role of "fake news" on the platform following the 2016 Brexit referendum and the election of Donald Trump to US President in 2017.

Several prominent executives have left the company in the previous year. He is set to remain present at Facebook as an adviser to Clegg and the rest of the leadership team over the coming years.

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