Mark Zuckerberg Says He Won’t Step Down As Facebook Chairman
Despite calls for him to step down, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has made it clear that he will keep his role as chairman of Facebook’s board.
Zuckerberg made the comments during an interview with CNN on Tuesday that addressed the controversies pertaining to the social-media giant.
The New York Times reported last week how Facebook made attempts to deflect the controversies plaguing the company, ranging from the Cambridge Analytica scandal to how Russia attempted to use Facebook to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Since the report, many have questioned Zuckerberg’s leadership.
However, during the interview, when asked if he would consider stepping down as Facebook’s chairman, Zuckerberg said, “that’s not the plan.”
He also threw his support behind his No. 2, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, despite criticism of her role in handling Facebook’s recent crises.
A Wall Street Journal report last weekend said Zuckerberg blamed Sandberg and her teams for many of the problems plaguing Facebook. Zuckerberg’s blame “rattled” Sandberg, according to the report.
“Sheryl is a really important part of this company and is leading a lot of the efforts to address … the biggest issues that we have,” Zuckerberg said.
“And she’s been an important partner for me for 10 years. And I’m really proud of the work we’ve done together, and I hope that we work together for decades more to come.”
Facebook was launched on February 4, 2004 as an online social media and social networking service. The company is based in Menlo Park, California.
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