Nick Clegg Returns to London With Other Executive Owners of Facebook

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Nick Clegg, chairman of global affairs at Facebook’s parent company, is partially relocating to London as he joins senior colleagues in moving to the UK capital.

The former Liberal Democrat leader will split his time between California, where he currently lives, and London. Clegg’s new executive role at Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta will require more travel and Clegg is understood to see London as a suitable base for visiting Europe and Asia.

The Financial Times, which first reported on the move, said Clegg wanted to spend more time in the UK and mainland Europe for personal reasons, including wanting to be closer to his aging parents.

Clegg joined Meta in 2018 and moved his family to California, but made it clear he wanted to return to Europe at some point, telling the FT last year that his “heart belongs 5,000 miles away.”

Clegg’s wife, Miriam González Durántez, a senior international trade lawyer, also referred to nostalgia for Europe in her Instagram posts, saying last year that she felt like “kissing the ground” after returning to her native Spain for the first time. in 18 months.

Clegg was promoted from his former role of vice president of global affairs and communications in February. At the time, Zuckerberg said the role would put Clegg “on the level” of him and Sheryl Sandberg, who has since announced that she will step down as the company’s chief operating officer.

Prior to his promotion, Clegg played a leading role in addressing revelations last year from whistleblower Frances Haugen, who accused the Facebook owner of putting “astronomical profits before people”, harming children and destabilizing democracies.

Clegg denied Haugen’s claim, based on internal documents, that Facebook promoted divisive content, saying that advertisers would avoid a company that promoted such material. Speaking at a conference in November, he added that Facebook’s content was largely “babies, barbecues and barmitzvahs,” although documents released by Haugen show that researchers have warned of “fragmented” attempts to stop the spread of falsehoods about the presidential election. of 2020 in the USA.

Clegg also took a prominent role in explaining Meta’s shift to focus on the metaverse, the concept of virtual space where digital representations of people – avatars – interact at work and play, including announcing the establishment of a $50 investment. million (£41 million) program to ensure the metaverse is built ‘responsibly’.

Meta faces a number of regulatory challenges in Europe, with government relations and politics firmly part of Clegg’s tenure. The UK government is preparing to introduce a comprehensive online safety law, while the EU is adopting strict regulation in the form of the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act.

Clegg’s decision comes as the head of Meta’s Instagram platform is also preparing to move to London. Adam Mosseri is temporarily relocating to the UK, where Meta employs 4,000 people in London, including a new office in the King’s Cross area. Meta marketing director Alex Schultz also moved to the UK.

Other executives have loosened their physical ties to Meta’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. In March, the Wall Street Journal reported that Naomi Gleit, Meta’s head of products, had moved to New York and that her chief information security officer, Guy Rosen, was moving to Israel.

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and chief executive of Meta, has been a leading advocate for flexible working during the coronavirus pandemic, saying that half of the company’s 70,000 employees could work from home within a decade.

Meta declined to comment on Clegg’s story. In a statement, the company said: “The last few years have brought new possibilities around the way we connect and work. We believe that how people work is much more important than where they work.”

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