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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hopes to work with Sheryl Sandberg for ‘decades’

In an interview with CNN, Zuckerberg also assured that he wouldn’t be stepping down anytime soon despite pressure from investors.

tech Updated: Nov 21, 2018 10:56 IST
Sarah Frier
Sarah Frier
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Zuckerberg says that Sheryl Sandberg who is the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, is very important for the company.(AP)

Facebook Inc. Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has come under fire for her handling of company disclosures about Russia’s election influence. CEO Mark Zuckerberg came to her defense on Tuesday.

“Sheryl is a really important part of this company,” Zuckerberg said, in an interview with CNN. “I hope we work together for decades more to come.”

The New York Times reported last week that Sandberg sought to prevent the public from learning more about Russia’s propaganda campaign on the social network ahead of the 2016 election. Even when the public was eventually told about misinformation spreading through fake Facebook accounts, it took many more months before the company directly linked that activity to Russia.

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Zuckerberg said the decision wasn’t about preventing the public from knowing more. It was ‘a really big deal’ to accuse a nation of such activity, so he wanted to be sure of the facts before announcing the details, the CEO explained.

First Published: Nov 21, 2018 10:40 IST