Former Meta Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg officially stepped down from the position in August, but the company will continue to pay for her personal security into 2023, citing “continued threats to her security.”
However, the company has not elaborated on the threats Sandberg, one of the most powerful women in Silicon Valley, faces.
Meta stated that from 1 October to 30 June 2023 it will continue to pay for security services at Sandberg’s residences and when she is on personal business.
Sandberg, a close associate of Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, said in June that she would leave the social media giant after a 14-year stint leading the company’s often-criticized ad-based business model.
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“Sitting by Mark’s side for these 14 years has been the honor and privilege of a lifetime,” she wrote in a lengthy Facebook post announcing her retirement in June. “Mark is a true visionary and a caring leader. Sometimes he says we grew up together, and we have.”
Under Sandberg, the company was also hit by revelations in 2018 that the British consultancy Cambridge Analytica had improperly obtained data on millions of its American users to target election campaign advertising.
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That same year, UN human rights investigators said the use of Facebook had played a key role in spreading hate speech that led to violence against the Rohingya community in Myanmar.
Sandberg will no longer be employed after Sept. 30, but will remain on Meta’s board and receive compensation as a non-employee director, the Facebook owner said in a regulatory filing.
In the past, Meta has spent a lot on the security of its senior managers. In April, the company revealed it paid $26.8 million for Zuckerberg’s security detail and private jets. The estimated sum for Sandberg’s security detail is unknown.
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Meta did not immediately respond to Fox News’ Digitals request for comment.
Reuters contributed to this post.