Nick Clegg appointed Facebook communications chief

Cheryl Sanders
October 20, 2018

Mr Clegg reportedly took the job after months of "wooing" by Mark Zuckerberg.

"I'm excited to announce that Nick Clegg is joining Facebook as VP, Global Affairs and Communications".

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.

And Clegg has already had some practice in speaking up for the poor put-upon billionaire he's going to be working for, having written an op-ed in the Independent a year ago titled "In defence of Facebook and the Silicon Valley tech giants".

The former politician has pushed for a second referendum that could stop Brexit but the proposal has been ruled out by Prime Minister Theresa May.

In the end, Clegg's centre-left Liberal Democrats actually lost seats in the House of Commons following the election, but found they still held the balance of power in a so-called hung parliament - rare in British politics - in which the Tories were the largest single party but did not have a parliamentary majority on their own.

The platform will also be hoping to rely on Clegg's political past and experience as a European trade negotiator to help it navigate future run-ins with Eurocrats.

Mr Clegg, a strong advocate of Britain's membership of the European Union, said it was a "wrench" to be leaving the public debate at a crucial time in Brexit, but added that key decisions would pass to parliament, of which he was no longer a member.

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. He had been discussing a new role with Sandberg and CEO Mark Zuckerberg over the summer. Facebook has yet to respond to Business Insider's request for comment.

"Our company is on a critical journey".

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