Facebook has hired Nick Clegg to lead its global affairs

Facebook hires former deputy PM Sir Nick Clegg

He's off to California in a new, and presumably well-paid, role as global affairs and communications chief at Facebook.

He starts on Monday, and he'll be working in Facebook's London office before relocating stateside along with his wife and their three children in the new year.

Facebook has hired him as the head of global affairs.

In the end, Clegg's centre-left Liberal Democrats actually lost seats in the House of Commons following the election, but found they still held the balance of power in a so-called hung parliament - rare in British politics - in which the Tories were the largest single party but did not have a parliamentary majority on their own.

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"Our company is on a critical journey".

Clegg will take over from the role's former occupant Elliot Schrage, who personally led the search for his replacement after announcing he would be leaving Facebook following a decade at the firm in June.

Two years ago Sir Nick Clegg said: "I'm not especially bedazzled by Facebook".

Mr Allan, a member of parliament between 1997 and 2005, who now sits in the upper house, is Facebook's vice president of public policy for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

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The role will involve dealing with Facebook's political issues including fake news, data protection and government regulation.

"But the key decisions will soon pass to Parliament, of which I am no longer a Member, and once I had chose to take up this unique new challenge at Facebook, I felt it was best to get going sooner rather than later".

Facebook has faced a barrage of criticism from users and lawmakers after it said in 2017 that Russian agents used its platform to spread disinformation before and after the 2016 US presidential election, an accusation Moscow denies.

Schrage will stay as an adviser, Facebook said.

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