Former deputy prime minister Sir Nick Clegg has been promoted to a new senior role at Facebook parent company Meta.
Founder Mark Zuckerberg announced Mr Clegg’s promotion to president of global affairs in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
Clegg has worked for Facebook since October 2018, overseeing public relations for the company. His new role will focus exclusively on regulatory issues and puts him at the same seniority level as Zuckerberg.
Zuckerberg said he could not “think of anyone better placed to represent us and help shape the future of internet policy than Nick.”
“For the last three years, Nick has managed some of the most complex issues our company faces – including content policy, elections, the establishment of the Oversight Board, and more,” the tech founder said.
“Nick will now lead our company on all our policy matters, including how we interact with governments as they consider adopting new policies and regulations, as well as how we make the case publicly for our products and our work.
Clegg previously served as deputy PM in the coalition government from 2010 to 2015 before leaving politics after losing his Sheffield Hallam seat in the 2017 general election. He has continuously defended Facebook’s use of data and advertising, including the accusations made by whistle-blower and ex-employee Frances Haugen last year.
The promotion also comes ahead of the US midterm elections in November.