Wow, Facebook really knows how to say goodbye to someone! – Vidak For Congress

So much for that touching farewell message to Sheryl Sandberg that Mark Zuckerberg posted just nine days ago, when Sandberg said after 14 years at Facebook — now Meta Platforms — she was resigning from her position as COO. At the time, Zuckerberg called Sandberg’s planned departure “the end of an era” and spoke glowingly of her as a “wonderful person, leader, partner and friend.”

Today, the WSJ reports — for the second time since Sandberg resigned — that Facebook has been investigating Sandberg for possible misuse of company resources since at least before the fall. Being assessed: whether she had Facebook employees involved in work that supported her Lean In foundation, whose mission is to promote female leadership and inclusion in the workplace; whether she involved Facebook employees in writing and promoting her second book, “Option B,” which focused on overcoming her husband’s sudden death in 2015; and finally, whether she’s given Facebook employees’ time and attention to her upcoming wedding this summer.

Wow. What a monster, right?

We don’t know who leaked details of this investigation to the WSJ, but when the “people familiar with the matter” try to destroy its reputation, they do a comically worthless job. (We’ve previously contacted Facebook for more information and haven’t heard from the company yet.)

For starters, no one thinks Sheryl Sandberg is an angel. If they ever did, they reassessed many years ago, through numerous scandals, from Facebook’s apparent ambivalence over data privacy to its handling of Facebook’s public relations following revelations of Russian meddling on the platform in the 2016 US presidential election. While Zuckerberg initially launched an apology tour, she launched an aggressive lobbying campaign to fight Facebook’s critics.)

It obviously takes a certain kind of person to run a rule-bending company like Facebook, and you can’t help but grow into one of the most powerful companies in world history without getting even dirtier. Still, a newer story leaked to the Journal in April raised even more questions about Sandberg. According to the report, Sandberg, who was previously in a relationship with Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, twice pressed a British tabloid to keep a possible article about him on the shelf, relying on a team that included both Facebook and Activision employees, as well as paid third-party consultants.

Many people found the possibility that Sandberg might be using her muscles in this way disturbing. However, the latest articles on Sandberg are different. In fact, we hope that these leaks about investigations into the possible misuse of assets by Sandberg are from Sandberg and its associates. Talk about brilliant machinations, if so.

Think about it. In Sandberg, we have a commanding female COO who has long been credited with being a big part of Facebook’s growth, and who is being investigated for relying on staff to a.) nurture an organization for women, b.) write a book. writing, especially for women, about overcoming grief and c.) being a human being who plans a joyful marriage after suffering unimaginable loss.

If Facebook really wants to get in trouble with Sandberg planning her wedding during corporate hours, so be it. soothing.

Unfortunately, we don’t actually think Sandberg is looking for coverage in the Journal. The most likely scenario is that there are people within Facebook with an ax to sharpen. If so, their efforts to bring down Sandberg could backfire in a big way, unless these internal investigations — reportedly the result of hiring the first Chief Compliance Officer last year — lead to a much bigger disclosure.

Right now, Sandberg appears to be getting the worst layoff in the world from a company to which she has remained committed longer than almost any other executive, aside from Zuckerberg herself. The Journal even notes that it is already known that both Sandberg and Zuckerberg use corporate resources for some personal matters. Facebook even makes “detailed disclosures” about these things in its regulatory filings, the outlet notes.

These slow leaks meanwhile make Facebook seem petty and vindictive — even verging on the absurd. As the WSJ reports, “Some within Meta close to the investigation are concerned about potential Securities and Exchange Commission violations if Ms. Sandberg were to use professional resources on personal matters without adequate disclosures, although it is not yet clear what such violations, people familiar with the matter said.”

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