Nick Clegg joining Facebook as VP
Written by NTN staff
The former UK Deputy Prime Minister will be moving to the social platform’s HQ as VP for global affairs and communications.
Clegg will be starting his job on 25 October and then relocating to Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park next year. He will succeed Elliot Schrage, who has been in that position for ten years and who will be staying on as an advisor.
Clegg described the complexity brought on by services such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger, Oculus and Instagram in a blog post confirming the move. He noted the difficulties in ensuring privacy for the individual, the integrity of democratic processes, handling tensions between local cultures and the global internet, and of balancing free speech and prohibited content. Clegg believes Facebook must not work alone in Silicon Valley but work with people, organisations, governments and regulators around the world to ensure that technology is a force for good.
In 2010, Clegg’s Liberal Democrat Party formed a coalition government with the Conservative Party, led at the time by David Cameron.