Facebook’s long time comms officer Elliot Schrage stepping down

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Elliot Schrage, Facebook’s seasoned head of policy and interactions, is stepping down. Recode previously reported the news.

Schrage, who’s been with the social media for a years, will remain on as a consultant to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg, the business stated. He’ll likewise lead the look for his replacement. He hasn’t revealed what he prepares to do next.

“After more than a decade at Facebook, I’ve decided it’s time to start a new chapter in my life,” Schrage stated in a Facebook post. “Leading policy and communications for hyper growth technology companies is a joy — but it’s also intense and leaves little room for much else.”

Replying to Schrage’s post, Zuckerberg stated, “You’ve made an extraordinary contribution to Facebook — dealing with some of our toughest challenges and helping enable some of our biggest opportunities. You’ve been committed to our mission throughout and have always seen the potential that comes when people can connect to others and build community. Thank you and I look forward to your advice for many more years.”

Sandberg likewise thanked Schrage on his Facebook post. “You’ve been instrumental in building our policy and communications teams as well as pushing many of our key initiatives — including the recent publication of our community standards, data about our effectiveness enforcing those standards and the creation of an independent election commission,” she stated. “Mark and I look forward to your ongoing advice over the years ahead.”

The departure comes as Facebook has actually challenged a string of the greatest public relationship crises of its 14- year presence. The business has actually remained in the hot spot for refraining from doing enough to avoid abuse from Russian giants who published false information and dissentious material on the platform in an effort to meddle in the 2016 United States governmental election and plant discord amongst citizens.

And in March, Facebook came under fire for a scandal including Cambridge Analytica, a digital consultancy with ties to the Trump project, which incorrectly accessed individual details on as much as 87 million Facebook users.

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica reaction, Facebook was slammed for being too sluggish to react. On Twitter, the hashtag #WheresZuck started to flow. Though Facebook has actually been inspected for its actions to the scandals, Facebook stated Schrage had actually wished to leave prior to the election however Zuckerberg and Sandberg asked him to remain on.

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