Meta Will Keep Paying for Sheryl Sandberg's Personal Security

Board approves payment through June 30, 2023
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2022 2:48 AM CDT
Meta Will Keep Paying for Sheryl Sandberg's Security Detail
In this Sept. 5, 2018, file photo, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on "Foreign Influence Operations and Their Use of Social Media Platforms," on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Sheryl Sandberg's last day as a Meta employee was Friday, though she remains on the board of Facebook's parent company. However, due to what the Meta board terms "continuing threats to her safety," the board announced Friday it had approved the continued provision of personal security to Meta's former chief operating officer. The board said it expects to continue paying for such services from Oct. 1 through June 30, 2023, Reuters reports. Security will be provided at Sandberg's residences as well as while she travels. Sandberg is also still receiving compensation as a non-employee director due to her role on the board, Engadget reports.

Writes D. Wollman at Engadget, "The board's announcement on Friday comes days after Meta was reported to have suspended all hiring, with a warning of possible layoffs on the way, making for some potentially awkward optics." The piece also looks at the controversy-plagued final days of Sandberg's 14-year tenure at Facebook/Meta, including allegations she used company resources to block an unflattering article on her boyfriend; allegations she used company resources to pay for her wedding and possibly promote her book; and the series of scandals that hit Facebook during her last years there, from Cambridge Analytica to allegations that the social media company enabled genocide in Myanmar. (More Sheryl Sandberg stories.)

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