Former Deputy Prime Minister, Sir Nick Clegg has stated that there is “absolutely no evidence” that the 2016 Brexit vote was influenced by Russia.
Clegg, who is now based in California as Vice President of Global Affairs and Communications at Facebook, revealed that the social media platform had carried out extensive analyses of their data and found that nothing had been compromised which could have affected the vote.
The former Liberal Democrat leader also suggested in an interview with the BBC that “the roots to British Euroscepticism go very deep” and that there was influence from the Russian state over social media channels.
However, Clegg does believe that more Government regulation is needed to help police content which is shared on these platforms – a move that the UK government is looking into at the moment.
A potential independent panel to try and control and regulate social media has been discussed at the highest levels of government in recent months, and there is rumoured to be an official announcement in the coming weeks.