Ex-Facebook Security Boss Likens Tech Giant’s Leadership Practices To ‘Game Of Thrones,’ COO Talks Partnership With CEO

Persons hold smartphones with the Facebook logo in front of displayed "top secret" and "email" words in this picture illustration
Persons hold smartphones with the Facebook logo in front of displayed "top secret" and "email" words in this picture illustration taken December 6, 2018. (Photo: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo)

Facebook's former security executive Alex Stamos recently revealed bits about how the social media giant handled its leadership teams behind the curtains.

According to Business Insider, Stamos, former security chief, revealed to CNN's Laurie Segall on Sunday's airing that Facebook's leadership practices were similar to the hit HBO show, "Game of Thrones."

While Stamos is known for being outspoken about his insights on his former employer, "Game of Thrones" is a series well-known for backstabbing storylines and a lot of political intrigues that lures a wide range of audiences.

In the interview, Stamos told Segall, "The truth is there is a bit of a Game of Thrones culture - among the executives. One of the problems about having a really tight-knit set of people making all these decisions ... if you keep the - the same people in the same places, it's just very difficult to admit you were wrong, right?"

Stamos worked as Facebook's chief security officer from 2015 to 2018 and during his time with the tech mammoth, he reportedly had issues with other executives. One of the people he clashed with is COO Sheryl Sandberg.

A well-respected leader in the security industry, Stamos said his problems with Sandberg included a briefing with the company board wherein he discussed Russian intelligence interventions on Facebook. Stamos reportedly did not give Sandberg a heads up in advance and this caused tension between the two execs.

Meanwhile, CNN has unveiled snippets of its interview with Sandberg as part of its documentary titled "Facebook at 15: It's Complicated.

During the interview, Sandberg revealed that her work relationship with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was focused on the division of labor. "Mark and I try hard to stay focused and divide and conquer forever," she stressed.

Sandberg poured her attention on the business and it's advertising operations while Zuckerberg, for his part, made sure the social media giant is only acquiring cash cows - billion-dollar companies such as WhatsApp and Instagram.

In 2016, the solid partnership of Zuckerberg and Sandberg was put to test. The 2016 presidential elections hit the Silicon Valley-based company with allegations of data intervention. To top it off, the brand was also accused of allowing fake news to spread.

Other problems followed but Sandberg noted that while Facebook realized the things it "missed" along the way, the board is determined to not fall into the same pit again.

In a November interview with the same outlet, Zuckerberg heaped praise on his partner for 10 years, stating that he is proud of what the two of them have accomplished and will achieve in the coming years.

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