Liked at last... Sir Nick Clegg takes top job at Facebook

Liked at last... Sir Nick Clegg takes top job at Facebook”

He'll replace Elliot Schrage, who recently announced he would be leaving after a decade at the tech giant.

However it will also be seen as a sign that Facebook is determined to address its policy and reputational challenges on the continent, after finding itself at the centre of the Cambridge Analytica scandal in April and suffering from several major data breaches since.

But now Nick Clegg, the former deputy prime minister, has landed on his feet in Silicon Valley.

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.

The move makes Clegg the seniormost European politician to take on a leadership role at a Silicon Valley firm.

In a Facebook post today, Clegg acknowledged the obvious challenges of the job he's just agreed to take, saying Facebook and its subsidiaries-including WhatsApp and Instagram-lay at the heart of some of the most hard questions facing society today, including privacy, the integrity of the democratic process, and the tension between local cultures in a connected world.

'I hope to use some of those skills in my new role'. "I find the messianic Californian new-worldy-touchy-feely culture of Facebook a little grating".

Mr Schrage will stay as an adviser, Facebook said.

Clegg will be operating under vast pressure in his new role, as Facebook attempts to tackle the problem of fake news on its platform before USA mid-term political elections in November.

Several prominent executives have left the company in the past year.

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