Saturday 20 October 2018 2:08 AM UTC
CALIFORNIA Oct 20: Facebook has hired Nick Clegg as its new vice president for global affairs. The former UK deputy prime minister will move to Silicone Valley in California in January to lead their global affairs and communications team.
He said in a statement: ‘I am delighted to be joining Facebook. After almost twenty years in European and British politics, this is an exciting new adventure for me.
He added: ‘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:
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; the power and concerns around artificial intelligence; and the well-being of our children.
The move comes amid rising political pressure on the company over data protection, fake news and threat of greater government regulation.
‘I believe that Facebook must continue to play a role in finding answers to those questions – not by acting alone in Silicon Valley, but by working with people, organizations, governments and regulators around the world to ensure that technology is a force for good. ‘I am looking forward to being part of this endeavour.
Throughout my public life I have relished grappling with difficult and controversial issues and seeking to communicate them to others. I hope to use some of those skills in my new role.’ Mr Clegg will be moving to the US with his wife Miriam and three sons, however, he admitted it was hard to leave in the middle of the ‘Brexit process’.
He added: ‘As someone who has spent a lifetime arguing for Britain’s wholehearted commitment to Europe, it is of course a wrench to be leaving the public debate at a crucial time in the Brexit process.
‘But the key decisions will soon pass to parliament, of which I am no longer a member, and once I had decided to take up this unique new challenge at Facebook, I felt it was best to get going sooner rather than later.
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