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Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of Facebook Inc., right, Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, left, applaud after remotely ring the opening bell for trading at the Nasdaq MarketSite from the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, California
Mark Zuckerberg said he will keep his role as chairman of Facebook’s board in an interview with CNN that aired Tuesday night.
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 Russians attempted to use Facebook to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Since the report, many have questioned whether or not Zuckerberg should step down as chairman of the board.
During the CNN interview Tuesday, Zuckerberg was asked whether or not he would step down as chairman of Facebook’s board following the latest disclosure of scandals within the company. Zuckerberg has voting control over the board, meaning he would have to voluntarily step down from his role.
“I’m not currently thinking that that makes sense,” Zuckerberg told CNN.
Zuckerberg also praised Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg when asked if she would keep her job following a series of scandals at the company. He praised her work at the company over the last several years, adding that he hopes the two would be able to work together for several more years.
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.”