Sheryl Sandberg, the former chief operating officer of Facebook parent Meta, announced Wednesday that she would be leaving the company after 14 years. In the post announcing her departure, Sandberg discussed her journey, helping shape the company from a small startup to the social media giant it is today. Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg called her departure the “end of an era,” praising her for being the architect of the company’s advertising business, which remains Meta’s biggest earner. But not all netizens were so kind to Sandberg, who was largely seen as Zuckerberg’s second-in-command at the company. Reactions to his departure and her mandate were mixed. Journalist Kumutha Ramanathan retweeted a video of analyst Brian Weiser talking about her work at Google and Facebook, and how Sandberg was called “the adult in the room” during her tenure at the social media giant.
She has been known as the adult in the room for so long. #Facebook #Meta #sherylsandberg #technology #TechNews https://t.co/PyYCLu1QtgBest of Express PremiumPremiumPremiumPremiumPremium — Kumutha Ramanathan (@KumutaRam) June 2, 2022
Mally Skok, an interior designer, blasted Sandberg, tweeting how she disappointed people by not standing up to Zuckerberg. Skok called Facebook a “democracy destroyer” in the same tweet. He appears to be referencing the rampant proliferation of fake news on the platform and his alleged contribution to the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol. Facebook later suspended the account of then-US President Donald Trump. , after discovering that it fueled the violence during the insurrection.
you let us down #sherylsandberg -you didn’t stand for all women, or humanity, you never reined in that asshole, and now the whole world is upside down. #Facebook is a destroyer of democracy. https://t.co/Ywf5swpLwT — Mally Skok (@mallyskok) June 1, 2022
🚨 Limited time offer | Express Premium with ad-lite for just Rs 2/day 👉🏽 Click here for subscribe 🚨 Venture capitalist Bill Gurney, on the other hand, praised Sandberg for his work at Facebook. Gurney tweeted about how Sandberg left a career at Google and credited his contribution to helping Meta become a company worth more than $500 billion. Gurney referred to Sandberg as “bold, contrarian and smart.”
A huge hat-tip to @sherylsandberg on a simply amazing career as COO at Facebook. The decision to join Facebook in 2008 and walk away from a breakneck career at Google was bold, contrarian and SMART. The vast majority of the $500 billion in market cap was built after she joined. pic.twitter.com/wbArzCAv3r—Bill Gurley (@bgurley) June 2, 2022
https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsAndrea Nepori, a Berlin-based multimedia journalist, said there was an internal investigation into Sheryl Sandberg because she allegedly pressured the Daily Mail over a story about her former partner and CEO of Activision , Bobby Kotick. Nepori also shared a link to a WSJ article reporting on her lobbying the Daily Mail.
In case you missed it, there was an ongoing internal investigation into #sherylsandberg at Meta before she resigned. He allegedly lobbied the DailyMail over a story about his ex-boyfriend, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick. https://t.co/IcA5LpHyff- Andrea Nepori (@AndreaNepori) June 2, 2022
“This 2020 Q&A with #SherylSandberg is very relevant today. He got real about the pain, the resilience and the hope,” tweeted Marguerite Ward, a reporter for Business Insider. Ward shared a link to her 2020 interview with Sandberg, where the latter shared her experience dealing with grief during the pandemic.
This 2020 Q&A with #sherylsandberg is so relevant today. He got real about the pain, the resilience, and the hope. https://t.co/Io7lYQ94Vc — Marguerite Ward (@ForWardist) June 1, 2022
Akshobh Giridharadas, a Washington-based journalist, tweeted about how he has been a Sandberg fan for over a decade. Giridharadas tweeted about how Sandberg responded twice to cold emails from him. He also described Sandberg as “kind,” despite Meta’s reputation.
I’ve been a #sherylsandberg aficionado for over a decade. My fanaticism was scrambled when I emailed her and she replied, not once but twice. She had the privilege of interviewing her late husband, Dave Goldberg. Despite Meta’s reputation, she was always kind. https://t.co/wk80YTHOKt — Akshobh Giridharadas (@Akshobh) June 1, 2022
In the Facebook post announcing the departure, Sandberg said he will focus more on his foundation once he officially leaves the company in the fall of this year. Even after his departure, he will still be a part of Meta’s board of directors.