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Meta COO Sheryl Sandberg accused of squashing reporting about then-boyfriend Bobby Kotick

Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Meta Platforms, used her influence to bury two stories about her then-boyfriend, Activision Blizzard chief Bobby Kotick, according to Bom. the report Wall Street Journal,

The WSJ states that, in 2016 and again in 2019, Sandberg was contacted MailOnlineonline photography in the UK Daily Mail tabloid, trying to stop a news site about a restraining order passed by Kotick to his ex-girlfriend. Both times, the story did not go through. Now, Facebook is investigating the matter to see if Sandberg has violated company policy.

According to sources WSJ In the report, Kotick said Sandberg threatened him Post 2016, stating that any article published on the ban order could damage Facebook publishing links. Kotick denied this, telling him Journal“I have never said anything like that.”

2019, marka Post Looking again to publish a story about the incident, Sandberg sent an email to the governor PostThe parent company, which submitted it to the editor-in-chief of the publication, Martin Clarke, according to him WSJ story. The two emails were exchanged, and again, the conversation did not go through. It is important to note that, in his opinion Journalilaha at the Post who contacted Sandberg said they did not feel threatened.

Sandberg was known for campaigning for women’s rights in the workplace, writing in 2013 Rely on and foundations Non-profit foundation. Bobby Kotick’s reputation, however, has been hit hard by allegations that he covered up or ignored workplace harassment at the heart of many lawsuits against his company, Activision Blizzard. Court documents relating to restraining order, WSJ says Kotick allegedly appeared at his girlfriend’s home without being invited in March 2014 and tried to enter after she told him their relationship had ended because of “bullying and behavior control.”

A statement about it Journal, A spokeswoman for Meta said, “Sheryl Sandberg has never threatened MailOnline’s business relationship with Facebook to influence her editorial decision.”

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.