Nick Clegg: Facebook should pay more tax outside US

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Image caption Sir Nick Clegg addressed an audience at the Solvay Library in Brussels

Former Deputy Prime Minister Sir Nick Clegg has told BBC News Facebook should pay more tax outside the US, at his first public appearance as the tech giant’s head of communications.

It was “unbalanced” that most of Facebook’s $4bn [£3bn] tax bill was paid in the US “even though the vast majority of Facebook’s users are outside the United States”, he said.

“That is what needs to change,” Sir Nick said, adding the onus was on governments to come up with “a better way to tax companies like Facebook”.

Following his interview with BBC media editor Amol Rajan, Sir Nick gave his first public speech since his surprise appointment, announcing the creation of an external body to help Facebook users challenge decisions made about flagged content.

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He said he supported tech sector regulation and agreed with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s view that “Facebook should not make so many important decisions about free expression and safety on its own”.

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