Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has reportedly split from her billionaire husband as the social media giant continues to come under fire after a series of scandals.
Sandberg, 49, has called it quits with Activation Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, 56, after three years together.
The couple began dating in 2016, a year after Sandberg’s husband Dave Goldberg died in a freak treadmill accident while on vacation.
“They are two very different people,” said a source close to Sandberg and Kotick.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has reportedly split from billionaire Bobby Kotick, as the social media giant continues to come under fire after a series of scandals.
Sandberg, 49, steps down with Activation Blizzard CEO after three years together
It is a left-wing democracy that takes itself very seriously. He’s a right-wing Republican, and if he’s not a very successful businessman, he could probably be a stand-up comedian,” the source said. Page six.
And while Sandberg prefers to spend weekends with her two kids helping out in the soup kitchen, Kotick “loves flying helicopters,” the source said.
“It is understandable that she is completely devoted to her children and is working at the moment,” they added. “Cheryl is under a lot of work pressure right now.”
Sandberg defended her relationship with Kotick in 2017, saying there is a double standard when it comes to how quickly widows or widowers can get back into dating.
“Men date sooner, men date more, and women are judged more,” she told the Guardian. “And you know, that is obviously very unfair.”
They are “very different people,” said a source close to Sandberg and Kotick, noting that she is a “left-wing Democrat” while she is a “right-wing Republican.”
I think I help people remember that dating, for those who want to do it, is part of moving on. If only I could date Dave. You just took this from me.
After being acclaimed for her book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, Sandberg has spent the past year on a publicity tour of a very different kind.
The COO is working overtime to try to rehabilitate Facebook’s image in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal and Russia’s use of the social media site in its 2016 election disinformation campaign.
Sandberg has reportedly started spending “more time protecting the company” after criticism from CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
The couple began dating in 2016, a year after Sandberg’s husband Dave Goldberg (pictured together) died in a freak treadmill accident while on vacation.
Just last month she appeared on CBS This Morning to reveal Facebook’s partnership with the FBI and Homeland Security to combat any attempts to interfere in the 2020 presidential election.
Sandberg didn’t actually detail what Facebook, the FBI, or Homeland Security were doing to combat the problem, but he did seem to suggest that those federal agencies were somehow responsible for the influx of Russian hacks on Facebook during the 2016 election by noting “both.” ‘. of them are working on this in a way they’ve never been before.
Sandberg then said in a sincere tone: “And we’re all working together to protect. So I guess what I want you to know is…”
That’s when a visibly upset Gayle King shut up Sandberg, interrupting her diatribe to declare: “In less than ten seconds, Sheryl.”
The COO is also working overtime to try to rehabilitate Facebook’s image in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal and Russia’s use of the social media platform in its 2016 election disinformation campaign.
Just last month, Sandberg appeared on CBS This Morning to reveal Facebook’s partnership with the FBI and Homeland Security to combat any attempts to interfere in the 2020 presidential election.
Sandberg had been running around questions on Facebook for about five minutes when she received a 10-second warning from King.
The interview came just a month after the man who killed 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand managed to livestream the massacre on a social media site.
First was a question about Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes’ call for Facebook to be broken up, in an editorial describing the behemoth as “a monopoly that crowds out entrepreneurship and limits consumer choice.”
Sandberg made some vague and hollow remarks in response to this sad and specific statement from Hughes, saying, “We are fundamentally changing how we run the company.” We have huge teams in place whose whole job is to protect people’s privacy, protect elections, navigate our systems and find things.
Then King tried to get an actual answer from Sandberg with an interjection: “However, Cheryl still speaks. We know Facebook has taken a hit… but some people say it really hasn’t changed.
She then points out that when Hughes was on the show earlier in the week, he said Facebook was not only too big to fail, but too big to care.
Given another very specific statement and criticism of the company, Sandberg paused for a moment, smiled, and began spinning again.
“We made a pledge,” she said. Mark and I have said we’ll do whatever it takes to fix these systems, and we think we can do it.