Despite calls for his resignation, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is not planning to step down.
In an interview with CNN Business that aired on Tuesday evening, Zuckerberg pushed back against the criticism his social media platform has received in recent years, and said he believes Facebook can be a force for the greater good.
CNN asked if he was stepping down. Zuckerberg paused. “That’s not the plan,” he responded testily. “I’m not going to be doing this forever, but currently I’m not thinking that makes sense.”
Facebook’s woes began with the revelation that Russian agents used the platform to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, by spreading misinformation and propaganda. Since then, the company has had to deal with one scandal after another, including a massive user data and privacy breach which impacted tens of millions of users.
As the scandals have mounted, so have calls for Zuckerberg to step down. “He’s shown that he’s incapable of leading the broken behemoth that is Facebook,” declared a recent op-ed in the Washington Post. There has also been bubbling unrest among investors, some of whom recently proposed Zuckerberg give up his dual role as chairman and CEO. The company, they say, needs independent oversight.