Meta’s attorneys are investigating outgoing COO Sheryl Sandberg amid allegations she misused company assets, The Wall Street Journal reports. The paper says the investigation goes back “several years” and takes a closer look at the work of Meta employees on Sandberg’s personal projects.
When Sandberg first announced her departure from the company, The Wall Street Journal reported that the company was investigating whether she had misused the company’s resources in planning her upcoming wedding. Now WSJ has shed some more light on the investigation.
Meta-lawyers are reportedly looking into Facebook employees’ involvement in Sandberg’s Lean In foundation, and their work to help her promote her most recent book, Option B. The company is also investigating reports that Sandberg used Facebook employees in an effort to spread a negative story about her former partner, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick. The company could attempt to address regulatory issues that could arise if such work was not properly disclosed to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Sandberg could eventually “be asked to reimburse the company for the time employees spent on her personal work,” the report said.
Meta declined to comment on The Wall Street Journal.
The survey shows how much Sandberg’s status within the company has changed in recent years. As the WSJ points out, both Sandberg and Mark Zuckerberg’s personal lives are closely tied to the company. Meta spends millions of dollars each year on their personal safety and travel expenses, and both executives have tapped Facebook employees to help with personal projects. That Sandberg is now under scrutiny for these actions shows how much her influence has waned.
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