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Cathy O'Neil

Maybe Sheryl Sandberg Should Be Leaning Out

Facebook needs better moral leadership.

Any advice?

Any advice?

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Facebook’s leadership is yet again displaying a spectacular failure to take responsibility for the monster it created. As President Donald Trump and others brazenly use the social network to spread misinformation and foment violence at protests against police brutality, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg is clinging to the lame argument that he can’t constitutionally do anything -- even as other social media take action and his own top employees publicly object and quit in disgust.

Amid the chaos, I find myself wondering: What is Sheryl Sandberg thinking? How does her famous “Lean In” philosophy apply to a situation like this?