Facebook hires former Deputy PM Nick Clegg as head of comms

Social media was awash this week with the news that former Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, had been appointed as head of Facebook’s global affairs and communications team.

The news was met with criticism from many members of the public, accusing Nick of “not being on the side of democracy.” News sources were also quick to jump back to a comment he made in 2016 in the Evening Standard:

"I'm not especially bedazzled by Facebook. While I have good friends who work at the company, I actually find the messianic Californian new-worldy-touchy-feely culture of Facebook a little grating."

This time around, the former Lib-Dem leader gave his reason for joining the company as being that he remains “a stubborn optimist about the progressive potential to society of technological innovation.”

Facebook has suffered great scrutiny over the past couple of years following the Cambridge Analytica Scandal and speculation around alleged election rigging.

With a political career as part of the UK government and as a former MEP, Facebook will no doubt be relying on Clegg to get the social media giant back in people’s good books whilst under constant fire from US senators and EU regulators.