Facebook appoints former UK deputy prime minister Nick Clegg as its head of global affairs.

Nick Clegg

Facebook Inc. which has been facing several criticisms for the past few years has hired the former UK deputy prime minister, as its head of global policy and communications.

Clegg, 51, will be succeeding Elliot Schrage.

The Social media giant has been facing severe political pressure over issues such as data scandals, spreading fake news, and the threat of government regulation.

Facebook said Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg were closely involved in the hiring process and started talking to Clegg over the summer.

“Our company is on a critical journey. The challenges we face are serious and clear and now more than ever we need new perspectives to help us though this time of change,” Sandberg said on a Facebook post congratulating Clegg.

“Throughout my public life I have relished grappling with difficult and controversial issues and seeking to communicate them to others. I hope to use some of those skills in my new role,” Clegg said in a Facebook post. He will report to Sandberg beginning Monday.

Schrage, who led the social network’s response to its several scandals, stepped down from the role in June after a decade with the company. Schrage will stay as an adviser, Facebook said.

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