Meta’s lawyers are investigating outgoing chief operating officer Cheryl Sandberg amid lawsuits she abuses company resources, The Wall Street Journal reports. The newspaper says the investigation has been going on for “several years” and is closely examining the work of Meta employees on Sandberg’s personal projects.
When Sandberg first announced his departure from the company, The Wall Street Journal the company is investigating whether she misused the company’s resources in planning her upcoming wedding. Now, WSJ shed some light on the investigation.
Meta’s lawyers are reportedly reviewing the involvement of Facebook employees in the Sandberg Lean In Foundation and their work to help her promote her latest book, Option B. The company is also investigating reports that Sandberg used employees of Facebook in an attempt to kill for its former partner, CEO of Activision Bobby Kotik. The company may seek to address regulatory concerns that may arise if such work is not properly disclosed to the Securities and Exchange Commission. In the end, Sandberg “may be asked to pay the company for the time employees spend in their personal work,” according to the report.
Meta declined to comment The Wall Street Journal.
The investigation shows how much Sandberg’s status in the company has changed in recent years. Like WSJ points out, the personal lives of Sandberg and Mark Zuckerberg are closely linked to the company. Meta spends millions of dollars each year on personal security and travel expenses, and both executives hire Facebook employees to help with personal projects. The fact that Sandberg is now facing control over these actions shows how much her influence has diminished.
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