Ms. Sandberg flirted with leaving Fb. In 2016, she advised colleagues that if Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, received the White Home she would most probably 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 advised colleagues that she was contemplating leaving however didn’t need to achieve this when the corporate was in disaster.
Final yr, Mr. Zuckerberg stated his firm was making a brand new wager and was going all in on the metaverse, which he referred to as “the successor to the cell web.” In his announcement, Ms. Sandberg made solely a cameo, whereas different executives have been extra prominently featured.
As Mr. Zuckerberg overhauled the corporate to concentrate on the metaverse, a few of Ms. Sandberg’s duties have been unfold amongst different executives. Nick Clegg, the president of world affairs and a former British deputy prime minister, turned the corporate’s chief spokesman, a job 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 adverts enterprise and rising the variety of small companies on Fb.
She was additionally centered on private issues. Dave Goldberg, her husband, had died unexpectedly in 2015. (Ms. Sandberg’s second e book, “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 through the pandemic. Ms. Sandberg, who had two youngsters with Mr. Goldberg, was centered on integrating the households and planning for her summer time wedding ceremony, an individual near her stated.
Meta’s transition to the metaverse has not been simple. 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 greatest 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 cell adverts,” Ms. Sandberg stated, citing the corporate’s speedy transition from desktop computer systems to smartphones final decade. “We’ve carried out this earlier than.”