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Facebook hires Nick Clegg to lead its global affairs

Nick Clegg speaking into a microphone.
Nick Clegg. Photo: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Former U.K. deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, has been brought on by Facebook to lead its global affairs and communications team.

Why it matters: This comes as the company is facing increased government regulation and data protection issues. The Financial Times reports that Clegg's hiring suggests Facebook "is trying to boost its connections in Brussels" where it could be up against serious regulatory challenges. It could also help CEO Mark Zuckerberg dodge criticism that he's made too few changes to his inner circle. Clegg will be filling the post previously held by Elliot Schrage, who announced he'd be leaving Facebook over the summer.

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