“That’s not the plan,” Zuckerberg advised CNN Business when asked if he’d consider stepping down as chairman.
He also defended Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, who has drawn criticism over her handling of the social networking giant’s recent disasters.
“Sheryl is a really important part of the company and is leading a lot of the efforts for a lot of the biggest problems we have,” said Zuckerberg.
“She is a significant partner to me for 10 years. I’m really proud of the job we’ve done together and I expect that we work together for decades longer .”
Facebook has stumbled from one mess to the next this season since it grappled with continuing fallout from Russia’s usage of this platform to intervene from the 2016 US presidential election, the Cambridge Analyticascandal in which user data was exploited in an attempt to assist candidate Donald Trump, and a massive security breach involving millions of accounts.
“It is not clear to me at all that the report is correct,” Zuckerberg said of the Times article.
“Lots of the things which were in that report, we spoke to the reporters beforehand and told them that from all that we’d seen, that wasn’t true and they opted to publish it anyhow.”
Zuckerberg also defended his company from the broader wave of flak it has taken this season.
“A great deal of this criticism around the biggest issues has been fair, but I do think that if we are going to be real, there’s this larger picture too, which is that we have a different world view than a few of the folks who are covering us,” he said.
“There are big issues, and I am not attempting to state that there are not… But I really do think that occasionally, you can get the flavor from a number of the policy that that’s all there is, and I don’t feel that that’s correct “