Congratulations to Nick Clegg, who just got the world’s worst job

In case you were wondering who in the
world would want the job of rehabilitating Facebook’s reputation after
its scandal-ridden year, you have your answer: It’s Nick Clegg, the
former U.K. deputy prime minister and one-time head of the Liberal
Democrat party.

Clegg will join the social network in Silicon Valley as its head of
global affairs and communications, thereby inheriting the fallout over
its many privacy, data, PR, and metrics controversies. 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.

Earlier this year, reports surfaced that Elliot Schrage, Facebook’s
longtime VP of global communication and public policy—and a close
Zuckerberg confidante—would step down from his post after a decade at
the social network.

In a Facebook post today, Clegg acknowledged the obvious challenges of
the job he’s just agreed to take, saying Facebook and its
subsidiaries—including WhatsApp and Instagram—lay at the heart of some
of the most difficult questions facing society today, including privacy,
the integrity of the democratic process, and the tension between local
cultures in a connected world. “I believe that Facebook must continue to
play a role in finding answers to those questions,” he wrote,” not by
acting alone in Silicon Valley, but by working with people,
organizations, governments and regulators around the world to ensure
that technology is a force for good.”

In a surprise defeat last year, Clegg lost his seat in parliament in the U.K.’s general election.

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