Nick Clegg, the past deputy prime minister of the United Kingdom, will take an even bigger role at the top of Facebook parent company Meta Platforms. The former British politician was already the most important policy director at the American group. But from now on, as ‘president for global affairs’, he will also report directly to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who according to insiders wants to focus more on technology and the development of new products.
Clegg, who has a Dutch mother and speaks Dutch fluently and without an accent, chose a career at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park a few years ago. He served on behalf of the Liberal Democrats in the British government between 2010 and 2015, along with Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives. Clegg was also deputy prime minister as party leader.
Due to Clegg’s promotion, Zuckerberg will probably have to defend himself less publicly in the future about, for example, scandals involving Facebook. He could then leave that more to Clegg, although Zuckerberg as CEO will still be the one to come to Washington if the US Congress asks for explanations on matters.
Facebook has recently received criticism that it has done too little against fake news and conspiracy theories. Clegg has stepped forward several times to defend the position of his company. In October, for example, he called claims to CNN that the social media contributed to the storming of the Capitol in Washington early last year “ridiculous”. He also argued that Facebook had previously removed billions of fake accounts.
British ex-politician gets top position at parent company Facebook
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