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Facebook’s New Global Face Will Be Former U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

Facebook’s New Global Face Will Be Former U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg
Facebook will now have a new global face in the form of Nick Clegg, the former deputy prime minister in the U.K. under David Cameron, who would be the new boss overseeing the communications and global policy of the largest social media platform.
The role of this new recruit in the company that has been facing flack over the last one year over security and fake news issues would be very critical. This role had been earlier played by Elliot Schrage within the company and was a very influential executive within Facebook. He was one of the most important advisors to the decision makers in the company including the company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg. He was also central to form the response of Facebook to some of the most recent criticisms that the colpany has had to face including the Cambridge Analytica issue and the criticism of the platform being used by Russian hackers to manipulate various election processes sin other countries including the United States Presidential elections.
In his new role, setting up strategies and responses to such types of challenges would be among the primary responsibilities of Clegg. This is one of the rare occasions that Facebook has hired people to important positions from outside of the firm. The company has a tendency of filling up most of its important positions from within the company. Clegg’s importance within the company also lies in the fact that he has had experience in both in British and European politics and it is now more apparent that the European Union and European politicians have a more controlling effect on the company in comparison to politicians and institutions in the United States. 
This rare appointment, according to some experts, is also reflection of the concerns of Facebook about the challenges being posed by the potential European regulations.
“Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger, Oculus and Instagram are at the heart of so many people’s everyday lives — but also at the heart of some of the most complex and difficult questions we face as a society,” Clegg wrong on Facebook Friday morning. “The privacy of the individual; the integrity of our democratic process; the tensions between local cultures and the global internet; the balance between free speech and prohibited content.”
“I believe that Facebook must continue to play a role in finding answers to those questions,” he continued.
Clegg was the deputy prime ministers in the government of the Liberal Democrats of the UK between 2010 and 2015 coalition government. He is also amongst the most senior European politician to be appointed in a leadership role in Silicon Valley.
The process of appointment of Clegg had started over the summer and he was approached with the top most brass of the company including Zuckerberg and Sandberg. Both were very closely associated with the hiring process.
“Our company is on a critical journey. The challenges we face are serious and clear and now more than ever we need new perspectives to help us though this time of change,” Sandberg said on a Facebook post congratulating Clegg.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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