Facebook allegedly used internal resources to hide Bobby Kotick’s negative posts
Adding even more firewood to an already pretty heated affair, it looks like Meta would now be investigating whether Sheryl SandbergFacebook’s current chief operating officer and ex-partner of Bobby Kotick, allegedly broke company rules help remove and hide negative posts about the CEO of Activision Blizzard in the social network, earlier, but apparently related to the ongoing lawsuits and accusations of sexual harassment at the developer.
That’s according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, which also reportedly uncovered some additional charges such as extortion from UK media Mail online. They reportedly followed a story based on allegations made by Kotick’s ex-girlfriend and a temporary restraining order she received against him, but Sandberg and Kotick worked together twice, in 2016 and 2019, to create a strategy to “persuade” them so that it does not inform of the existence of this order.
One of the newspaper’s unnamed sources claims that Kotick “told People Ms Sandberg threatened MailOnline in 2016 saying such an article, if published, could damage the news agency’s business relationship with Facebook“. A strategy that apparently proved effective, given that This article never saw the light of day.
For his part, a spokesperson for Meta denied that Sandberg had threatened MailOnline:Sheryl Sandberg never threatened MailOnline’s business relationship with Facebook to influence an editorial decision […] This story is trying to make connections that don’t exist”.
Nevertheless, the company is already investigating Sandberg’s actionssince if it is finally proven that she was directly involved in this effort to protect the CEO of Activision Blizzard, “would damage his reputation as a defender of women’s rights”.