Facebook hires Nick Clegg for top PR job

Frederick Owens
October 20, 2018

The move will surprise many in the United Kingdom, as Clegg is the most senior European politician to have ever taken up a senior executive leadership role in the Silicon Valley.

Schrage announced his departure from Facebook in June.

In a statement on his Facebook page, Mr Clegg said: 'Throughout my public life I have relished grappling with hard and controversial issues and seeking to communicate them to others.

London: British former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, a leading anti-Brexit advocate, said on Friday he would be starting a job at Facebook, as the United States giant faces up to regulatory pressures.

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

The surprise appointment comes as Facebook tries to deal with a global backlash against data protection, and problems over fake news. "I find the messianic Californian new-worldy-touchy-feely culture of Facebook a little grating".

Facebook has faced intense scrutiny and the threat of government regulation following the Cambridge Analytica data scandal and alleged election meddling.

Shrage, accompanied by another of Facebook's top policy and communications team Rachel Whetsone, left the company reeling when he resigned while the firm was in the thick of several privacy scandals over the summer. "Having spoken at length to Mark and Sheryl over the last few months, I have been struck by their recognition that the company is on a journey which brings new responsibilities not only to the users of Facebook's apps but to society at large", Clegg said.

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