Activision Blizzard announces
new additions to its board of directors. In
other company news,
reports the class action suit
filed against Activision
Blizzard last year
by investors has been dismissed. At issue was how the
sexual harassment scandal that has embroiled the company wasn't revealed to
investors. The U.S. district judge ruled that there was "a lack of
particularity" in proving allegations that the defendants knew about the
problem: "To the extent plaintiffs allege that defendants must have known sexual
harassment and discrimination were endemic by virtue of their respective
positions at the company," the judge wrote. "The [first amended complaint] does
not establish the requisite facts to support such a conclusion." An interesting
take on how the public could have been informed of alleged problems at
Activision Blizzard comes in a report on
(may require registration or subscription). This states that Meta COO Sheryl Sandberg is facing scrutiny
over accusations that on two occasions she intervened to prevent the Daily Mail
from publishing stories damaging to Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick.
Sandberg and Kotick were reportedly in a romantic relationship at the time.
Kotick denies saying that Sandberg used Facebook's considerable leverage to
influence the coverage. The report also notes that sources at the Mail state
they do not feel Sandberg was making any threats.
has some quotes to rescue us from the WSJ's hard
The WSJ reports that, in 2016 and again in 2019, Sandberg
contacted MailOnline, the online imprint of the U.K.’s Daily Mail tabloid, in an
attempt to stop the outlet from reporting about a restraining order filed
against Kotick by his ex-girlfriend. On both occasions, the story did not run.
Now, Facebook is investigating the issue to see if Sandberg potentially violated
According to sources in the WSJ report, Kotick said that Sandberg threatened the
Mail in 2016, stating that any article published about the restraining order
could damage the publication’s relationship with Facebook. Kotick denied this,
telling the Journal, “I never said anything like that.”
In 2019, when the Mail was again looking to publish a story about the incident,
Sandberg emailed the chairman of the Mail’s parent company, who referred her to
the publication’s then editor in chief, Martin Clarke, according to the WSJ
story. The two exchanged emails and, once again, the story did not run. It is
important to note that, according to the Journal, sources at the Mail who were
in communication with Sandberg said they did not feel threatened.