Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s parting note is being pulled on Twitter for misrepresenting her story.
In the note, Sandberg says that when she met Facebook (now Meta) founder Mark Zuckerberg, “she thought the internet was a largely anonymous place to look for funny pictures,” and that Zuckerberg intrigued her with his vision that people would “put their pictures of real selves online to connect with other people.”
At the time, Sandberg was vice president of advertising sales at Google.
Users were quick to point out that the internet was a far cry from sharing funny pictures in the late 2000s. And most likely, it wasn’t seen that way by a VP at Google. In 2007, when Sandberg was there, Google had an estimated 16,000 employees.
“Wikipedia, instant messaging, video streaming. Come on. I bet torrenting/pirate streaming was 70% of internet traffic back then. As it is with video streaming now,” another answered.
“The folksy aww shucks bullshit bit made it to the PR teams at Valley,” another wrote.
Sandberg officially joined Facebook in 2008 and helped Facebook turn a profit quickly for the first time in the company’s history by relying on ad sales. Sandberg was instrumental in the development of today’s Facebook, and her departure after 14 years marks the end of an era for the social media giant.
However, her tenure was mired in controversy as Facebook grew and became the dominant force it is today. Her handling of the Cambridge Analytica scandal was documented by the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal reported that Zuckerberg privately blamed her for the aftermath of Cambridge Analytica and the bad press Facebook received afterwards.
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*Initial publication: June 2, 2022 at 12:28 pm CDT
Jacob Seitz is a freelance journalist originally from Columbus, Ohio, interested in the intersection of culture and politics.
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