Twitter to trawl for UK policy chief as Nick Pickles goes stateside

Written by David Singleton on 12 February 2018 in News

Pickles has often represented Twitter at select committee hearings.

Twitter is to begin a search for a new UK head of public policy as Nick Pickles prepares to take up a new role at the firm’s San Francisco HQ.

Pickles is moving on after almost four years at the social media giant to become the firm’s senior public policy strategist. Twitter is expected to advertise his job shortly.

In his current role, Pickles has often represented Twitter at select committee hearings in parliament. Last year he appeared before the home affairs select committee along with executives from Facebook and Google to face a grilling over whether social media giants were doing enough to protect users from online hate speech.

During the session, Pickles said Twitter acknowledged it was "not doing a good enough job" at responding to reports from users.

Before joining Twitter, he was director of libertarian pressure group Big Brother Watch and stood as a parliamentary candidate for the Conservative Party in the 2010 general election.

During a 2012 chat with PAN for the ‘two minutes with’ section of the magazine, Pickles described himself as “a Yorkshireman lost in SW2” and said his favourite night out was “probably a gig at the Brixton Academy followed by some late night gin establishment”.

Asked where he expected to be in ten years’ time, he replied: “If I’m still able to talk about the issues I care about and get paid to go to Glastonbury, I don’t mind. I might have gotten sick of London tea by then though!”

 

 

 

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