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Facebook has hired former British deputy PM Nick Clegg to head up its global affairs – a move that reportedly involved boss Mark Zuckerberg spending months “wooing” the Lib Dem has-been.
The Financial Times reported that the ex-Liberal Democrat leader will move to Silicon Valley permanently in January to replace Elliot Schrage, who announced his departure in June.
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The move appears to mark something of a change of heart for the knight of the realm, who in 2016 said that he was "not especially bedazzled by Facebook" and found the "messianic Californian new-worldy-touchy-feely culture of the Social Network™ a little grating".
Perhaps that's why Zuck had to give him the hard sell – according to the FT, the Facebook boss "wooed" Clegg to join the multi-billion-dollar biz with the promise he would have a leading role in shaping the company’s strategy.
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Whether this will come to anything remains to be seen. But presumably Clegg will be more circumspect about the promises he makes before starting the new role than he was in 2010, when he pledged not to raise tuition fees, then promptly entered a coalition that did just that.
Clegg lost his seat in his student-heavy constituency of Sheffield Hallam in the 2017 UK general election, having held it since 2005 when he succeeded fellow Lib Dem Richard Allan – who also happens to work at Facebook, as director of policy in Europe.
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Cambridge university grad Clegg will join Facebook at a time when it is under increasing pressure from regulators...
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