Facebook hires Sir Nick Clegg as head of global affairs
By Patricia Brown, posted on 01 November 2018
The appointment was met with widespread surprise, although rumours have swirled for weeks that a prominent former British politician was in line for the role, with George Osborne and David Miliband among the rumoured candidates.
Facebook will hope Clegg can help the company recover from the damage done to its reputation by a recent string of privacy and data scandals, as well as reports that use of the social network is declining.
The connections and experience that the former MEP and European Commission trade advisor has with the EU will also help the social network.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was hauled before the European Parliament earlier this year to answer questions about the company's data protection ethics and possible development into a monopoly. Facebook is also struggling to navigate GDPR, which could lead it to receiving a $1.63 billion fine for a September data breach.
The Financial Times said that Clegg had agreed to take on the job "after months of wooing by Mark Zuckerberg", leading to speculation that this may have influenced his recent defences of Facebook. Clegg's views on Facebook's tax avoidance will also be closely scrutinised given his previous record for attacking such practices.
Eric Adams, March 19, 2019