No Feud at Facebook? Zuckerberg and Sandberg Finally See Eye-to-Eye on China
11:50 am, May 20th | by Hillary Reinsberg
It looks like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg don’t disagree about Facebook’s expansion, after all. Of course, as usual, Sandberg had to come out and explain things in a mature fashion.
Sandberg is often praised as the “Mom” that Facebook needed (or as a similarly necessary figure of maturity). So when the question of Facebook entering China came up, we (along with the rest of the world) pegged Sandberg as the “cautious pragmatist” while Zuckerberg was the “wide-eyed optimist.” Zuckerberg, who studied Chinese, was apparently eager to bring Facebook to China’s billion people, while Sandberg apparently thought it was better to hold back, citing the tenuous relationship between the Chinese government and Internet companies.
But Sandberg wants you to know that’s not really true – in fact, she says she agrees with her 15-years-younger-than-her boss. According to Reuters, Sandberg said yesterday that Facebook’s “mission is really clear, which is we want to connect the whole world. And it’s impossible to think about connecting the whole world right now without also connecting China.”
In addition, Sandberg admitted that she thinks Facebook will likely go public soon. No word on whether Zuckerberg is on board with that (let’s hope so).