“That’s not the strategy,” Zuckerberg advised CNN Business when asked if he would consider stepping down as chairman.
He also defended Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, who has drawn criticism within her handling of the social networking giant’s current disasters.
“Sheryl is a really significant part this company and is leading lots of the efforts for a whole lot of the biggest issues we have,” said Zuckerberg.
“She’s been a significant partner to me for a decade. I am very proud of the work we’ve done together and I hope that we work together for decades more to come”
Facebook has stumbled from one mess to another this season as it grappled with ongoing fallout from Russia’s usage of the platform to intervene from the 2016 US presidential election, the Cambridge Analyticascandal where consumer information was exploited in an attempt to help candidate Donald Trump, and a massive security breach involving countless accounts.
Most recently, an investigative bit printed last week by The New York Times said Facebook misled the public about what it knew about Russia’s election meddling and used a PR firm to spread negative stories regarding other Silicon Valley companies and so deflect anger away from itself.
“It is not clear to me whatsoever that the report is correct,” Zuckerberg said of the Times article.
“A lot of the things which were in that report, we spoke to the reporters beforehand and told me that from everything that we had seen, that was not true and they opted to publish it anyhow.”
Zuckerberg also defended his company from the wider wave of flak it’s taken this season.
“A great deal of this criticism around the biggest problems has been honest, but I do think that if we will be real, there is this larger picture too, which is that we have a different world view than some of the folks that are covering us,” he said.
“There are big issues, and I am not trying to say there aren’t… But I do think that occasionally, you can find the taste from a number of the coverage which that’s all there is, and I don’t think that that’s correct either.”