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Liked at last... Sir Nick Clegg takes top job at Facebook

Liked at last... Sir Nick Clegg takes top job at Facebook

Facebook has faced intense scrutiny and the threat of government regulation following the Cambridge Analytica data scandal and alleged election meddling. According to the Financial Times, Clegg, 51, got the job after successfully "wooing" Mark Zuckerberg and will be one of the few high-ranking British officials to enjoy a position close to the chief executive's side.

"After nearly 20 years in European and British politics, this is an exciting new adventure for me", Clegg wrote on his Facebook page.

"The challenges we face are serious and clear and now more than ever we need new perspectives to help us through this time of change", Ms Sandberg said on a Facebook post congratulating Clegg. "I hope I will be able to play a role in helping to navigate that 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. In November previous year, Clegg issued a passionate defense of the company from "unfair criticism" by news organizations with "ulterior motives".

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Schrage will stay as an adviser, Facebook said.

Clegg will be operating under vast pressure in his new role, as Facebook attempts to tackle the problem of fake news on its platform before USA mid-term political elections in November.

And Clegg has already had some practice in speaking up for the poor put-upon billionaire he's going to be working for, having written an op-ed in the Independent a year ago titled "In defence of Facebook and the Silicon Valley tech giants".