Ms. Sandberg flirted with leaving Fb. In 2016, she informed colleagues that if Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, received the White Home she would more than likely assume a job in Washington, three individuals who spoke to her in regards to the transfer on the time stated. In 2018, after revelations about Cambridge Analytica and Russia’s interference within the 2016 U.S. presidential election, she once more informed colleagues that she was contemplating leaving however didn’t wish to achieve this when the corporate was in disaster.
Final 12 months, Mr. Zuckerberg stated his firm was making a brand new wager and was going all in on the metaverse, which he known as “the successor to the cellular web.” In his announcement, Ms. Sandberg made solely a cameo, whereas different executives had been extra prominently featured.
As Mr. Zuckerberg overhauled the corporate to concentrate on the metaverse, a few of Ms. Sandberg’s tasks had been unfold amongst different executives. Nick Clegg, the president of world affairs and a former British deputy prime minister, grew to become the corporate’s chief spokesman, a task that Ms. Sandberg had as soon as taken. In February, Mr. Clegg was promoted to president of world affairs for Meta.
Ms. Sandberg’s profile dimmed. She targeting constructing the advertisements enterprise and rising the variety of small companies on Fb.
She was additionally targeted on private issues. Dave Goldberg, her husband, had died unexpectedly in 2015. (Ms. Sandberg’s second ebook, “Choice B,” was about coping with grief.) She later met Mr. Bernthal, and he and his three youngsters moved to her Silicon Valley dwelling from Southern California in the course of the pandemic. Ms. Sandberg, who had two youngsters with Mr. Goldberg, was targeted on integrating the households and planning for her summer season marriage ceremony, an individual near her stated.
Meta’s transition to the metaverse has not been straightforward. The corporate has spent closely on metaverse merchandise whereas its promoting enterprise has stumbled, partly as a result of privateness modifications made by Apple have harm focused promoting. In February, Meta’s market worth plunged greater than $230 billion, its largest one-day wipeout, after it reported monetary outcomes that confirmed it was struggling to make the leap to the metaverse.
Within the interview, Ms. Sandberg stated Meta confronted near-term challenges however would climate the storm, because it had throughout previous challenges. “Once we went public, we had no cellular advertisements,” Ms. Sandberg stated, citing the corporate’s speedy transition from desktop computer systems to smartphones final decade. “We’ve got performed this earlier than.”