Meta’s Investigation of Sheryl Sandberg Goes Back Several Years, Report Says

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Meta Chief Operating Officer  is being investigated by the company’s lawyers for her , The Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing unnamed sources.

The investigation is reportedly into whether Sandberg used Facebook staff to work on her personal projects, including her second book, her Lean In foundation and . The scrutiny has been ongoing since last fall, the report said, techinfluential with multiple Meta employees being questioned.

The news follows an April article in the Journal that said  by Facebook’s parent company over reports she  about her former partner, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick. According to that report, Sandberg contacted the Daily Mail in 2016 and 2019 to prevent stories about Kotick from being published. Sandberg reportedly worked alongside employees from Facebook and Activision and outside advisers to pressure the UK publication. 

“Sheryl Sandberg never threatened the MailOnline’s business relationship with Facebook in order to influence an editorial decision,” a Meta company spokesperson told CNET in an emailed statement at the time.

Sandberg said last week that she’s , though she’ll remain on the board of directors. 

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Meta didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.