Facebook has hired the former UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg as its is chairman of global affairs and communications. The former Liberal Democrat politician will be relocating to Silicon Valley in the brand-new time, but starts is currently working on Monday, according to the FT.
Clegg takes over from Elliot Schrage, who maintained the position for a decade. Schrage stepped down in June after has become a key player in addressing Facebook’s recent fights with fake news, alleged election meddling, data transgress, and the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg wrote in a Facebook post that Clegg “understands deeply the shared responsibility we have to people who application our services around the world.”
Sandberg likewise praised Clegg for “his experience and ability to work through complex issues.”
In a 2014 YouGov poll, Clegg was voted the least popular party president in modern British history. In his later years as president of the Liberal Democrat, Clegg was criticised for having a “toxic brand” following a controversy over the party failing to deliver on an election promise to oppose any increase in university tuition fees.
Clegg stepped down as commander of the Liberal Democrat after the 2015 election, where the party was reduced from 57 seats in Parliament to only eight. In the 2017 election, he lost his bench to Labour.