Facebook has hired former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg as its new head of global affairs and communications, in a shock addition to the social media company's executive team. He's off to California in a new, and presumably well-paid, role as global affairs and communications chief at Facebook. European Union regulators are interested in reining in mostly American tech giants who they blame for avoiding tax, stifling competition and encroaching on privacy rights.
Mr Clegg reportedly took the job after months of "wooing" by Mark Zuckerberg.
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.
Schrage announced his departure from Facebook in June.
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 USA giant faces up to regulatory pressures.
The move appears to mark something of a change of heart for the knight of the realm, who in 2016 said that he was "not especially bedazzled by Facebook" and found the "messianic Californian new-worldy-touchy-feely culture of the Social Network™ a little grating".
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.
"I hope to use some of those skills in my new role". Sir Nick has not disclosed his new salary, but a year ago top executives received $25.2 million (£19.3 million).