- Sir Nick Clegg, the former deputy prime minister of the UK, has denied Russian interference in Brexit using facebook
- Clegg has worked at Facebook since 2018
Two of the biggest stories dominating headlines as of today are Brexit and Facebook. Brexit, since inception, has been a controversial topic and currently the issue of Brexit is being heavily discussed even as the United Kingdom is in the process of choosing a new leader.
Facebook is in the news for the recently launched white paper for their Libra token which is seen by some as an act of redemption following the Cambridge Analytica scandal of last year which tainted its reputation and cast a shadow of doubt over its ethical practices.
Recently there were some rumors floating around that there was some Russian interference in the Brexit vote of 2016 making use of Facebook as a platform but these, according to a June 24, 2019 report, have been rebuffed by Sir Nick Clegg, the former deputy prime minister of the UK.
No Interference Detected
According to Nick Clegg, Facebook carried out an analysis of its data and there was no evidence of a significant attempt by outside forces to influence the result of the Brexit vote.
Instead, he suggested that Euroscepticism might have had a hand. This came during an interview with BBC Radio Four’s Today program in which he argued that more regulation should be put in place for Facebook and other tech companies which is interesting considering he was hired by Facebook in October 2018.
Still, he stated that there is a pressing need for the new rules of the road when it comes to privacy and election news and the use of people’s data. During the interview, he was asked whether the regulation of these practices was something that companies should be doing internally but plague argued that it was not.
“It’s not for private companies, however big or small, to come up with those rules. It is for democratic politicians in the democratic world to do so,” he said.
He also delved further into the controversial 2016 Brexit referendum in which the British public voted to leave the EU as well as conspiracies that have floated about whether Russian influence had something to do with the result. Clegg has been affirmed that he does not believe there was any such influence and has dismissed the claims.