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World exclusive We have obtained a transcript of a secret crisis meeting held last week between top executives at Facebook, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg, hammering out a corporate response to the social network's non-stop rollercoaster of scandals. We present it here unedited.
Mark Zuckerberg: Hi everyone. So the reason I wanted us all here was to… Well, last week, as you know, I gave an interview to some Harvard Law professor. So we all thought this was a good idea because he's not a journalist and wouldn't ask precise questions.
Coverage - Product - Camera - People - Lounges
So I thought it went pretty well. But then I read coverage of it and it all centered on me not knowing about some product we have that has a camera in it, and it sits in people's lounges. So this headline reads: "We don't want a camera in everyone's living room, says bloke selling cameras in living rooms..."
Unknown exec: You mean the Portal?
Zuckerberg - Portal - Someone - IPad - Software
Zuckerberg: That's it: Portal. I'd never heard of it. When I got back here, I asked someone to get me one: it's like some cut-price iPad. I don't understand. We're a software company – why are we trying to sell hardware? How many have we sold of them anyway?
Unknown exec 2: We're on schedule to hit our sales targets.
Zuckerberg - Wow - Thing - Argument - Camera
Zuckerberg: Wow, that bad? Why don't we just scrap this thing, and I can get back to making my argument about not wanting a camera in everyone's living room.
OK, that's settled then. Let’s just kill this Portal. Yes? Agreed?
Sheryl - Sandberg - Wise - Decision - Mark
Sheryl Sandberg: I think that's a wise decision, Mark, but maybe let's not rush it. Perhaps we can undertake an internal review. There are some potential crossovers with the Portal and our core revenue drivers.
Zuckerberg: Such as?
Sandberg - Commitment - People
Sandberg: Well, as you know, we recently made a commitment to allow people...
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