Sheryl Sandberg notes importance of traditional media
Facebook chief operating officer speaks at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos
Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, attends the “Transformation of Tomorrow” session in Davos. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters
She may be one of the top executives at the world’s most successful social media company, but Sheryl Sandberg had some encouraging words for traditional media outlets yesterday.
“With so much information out there, high-quality journalism . . . that holds companies, governments, and individuals to account is really important,” she said, highlighting the role of journalism in “protecting us as individuals, and society”.
Ms Sandberg was speaking on a panel which looked at how emerging technologies are transforming industries and societies – a central thread of this year’s World Economic Forum which has chosen as its theme “the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.
According to a report released this week by the Forum, more than 5 million jobs will be lost by 2020 as a result of rapid advances in technology such as artificial intelligence.
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“Our job is to make sure that we narrow the gap to ensure there are fewer losers.”