Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg Says Peter Thiel Has ‘Strong Views’ And Did Not Act On Behalf Of Board
The following is an excerpt from Kathleen Chaykowski | June 1, 2016 | Forbes.com |
One of Silicon Valley’s best-known investors, Peter Thiel, will remain on Facebook's FB -0.08% board of directors despite his controversial backing of Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against online news outlet Gawker Media.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg told Recode cofounder Kara Swisher that Thiel, Facebook’s longest serving board member after CEO Mark Zuckerberg, will retain his board seat in an interview at the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. on Wednesday.
“Peter did what he did on his own, not as a Facebook board member,” Sandberg said. “We didn’t know about it. We have very independent board members with very independent thoughts that they share publicly.”
“Those strong people make really good board members because they have strong views, and they’re not afraid to think differently than other people, which has served Facebook well,” she added.
Sandberg said Facebook publicly commented on investor Marc Andreessen’s widely criticized comment about India blocking its free internet services because it seemed as though Andreessen was speaking as a Facebook board member. Andreessen’s tweet suggested that Indian authorities were wrong to block Facebook’s Internet service and that the country would be better off if the British were still in control.
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