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Former deputy prime minister Sir Nick Clegg lashed out at claims Russia used his new employer Facebook to influence the Brexit referendum today, insisting there was 'no evidence' that it had happened.
The ex-Liberal Democrat leader, who shocked Westminster when he landed a £4million job as spin chief for the US social media giant last year, suggested people behind the claim were indulging in a conspiracy theory.
Claims - Cambridge - Analytica - People - Decision
He also dismissed claims that Cambridge Analytica swayed people's decision to vote Leave in 2016, despite the fact that up to 87 million people are believed to have had their data harvested by the political consultancy via a personality quiz app.
Speaking to the BBC he also defended his decision to take the job that saw him swap Westminster for the West Coast, saying he had 'always believed in grappling with difficult stuff'.
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Sir Nick told BBC Radio 4's Today that Facebook had carried out analyses of its data and found no 'significant attempt' by outside forces to influence the referendum result.
He said: 'I'd accept we need to act but there is absolutely no evidence that it happened in the Brexit referendum.
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'We ran two full analyses of all the data we had in the run up to the Brexit referendum, we shared all of this information with the select committee in Westminster and elsewhere.
'We have found no evidence of a significant attempt by outside forces.'
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Sir Nick was hired by billionaire Mark Zuckerberg to head up Facebook's global lobbying team last October after 'months of wooing' by the social network's founder.
He took over from PR chief Elliot Schrage, who quit in June 2018 after a series of damaging scandals.
Pay - Packet - 'big - Tech - Industry
His giant pay packet is not unusual for the 'big tech' industry, but dwarfs his recent MP's salary of £77,379.
His role sees him lobby in Europe and the US where...
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