Facebook has hired the former United Kingdom deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, as its head of global affairs and communications, as the company faces increased pressure over the handling of data and fake news on its platform.
"It's time we pause for breath before everyone charges off in a stampede of condemnation of tax-dodging-fake-news-extremism-promoting-data-controlling tech firms".
Clegg lost his seat in his student-heavy constituency of Sheffield Hallam in the 2017 United Kingdom 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.
He, his wife and three sons will move to Silicon Valley in California next year.
Facebook has faced intense scrutiny and the threat of government regulation following the Cambridge Analytica data scandal and alleged election meddling.
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Up to 50 million users were exposed to ID fraud last month.
Mr Clegg, 51, succeeds Elliot Schrage and will report to Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operation officer.
Mr Clegg served as the UK's deputy prime minister from 2010 to 2015 in a coalition government between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, the party he headed.
Mr Schrage, who as head of communications and public policy has led the social network's response to its several scandals, stepped down from the role in June after a decade with the company.