The wonderful year of Facebook scandals seems to have raised the price of security Mark Zuckerberg.
According to a report released Friday by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the CEO received $ 10 million in 2018 as a pre-tax allowance "to cover additional costs related to his personal safety and that of his family."
This includes "staff, equipment, services, home improvements" and other costs, the report says.
In addition, nearly $ 2.6 million was used for the use of Zuckerberg's private aircraft, which the company considers part of its security.
The increased protections afforded the leader increased his total security pay from $ 9.1 million in 2017 to nearly $ 22.6 million in 2018.
Although Zuckerberg receives a salary of only $ 1, although he represents more than $ 62 billion per billionaire, the reason for the increase in his remuneration seems to have been a setback for him.
"We believe that Zuckerberg's role places him in a unique position: he is synonymous with Facebook and therefore a negative feeling towards our society is directly associated with Mr Zuckerberg and he is often transferred, "says the document. "Mr. Zuckerberg is one of the most recognized leaders in the world, largely because of the size of our client base and our continued exposure to global media, legislative and regulatory attention.
Director of Operations Sheryl Sandberg, who had earned a base salary of $ 850,000 last year, also received additional funding for security, although a much smaller amount of $ 1.1 million.
The year 2018 was a difficult year for the social media platform as it was trapped in the controversy that 87% of its users might have seen their account information badly shared with the data society Cambridge Analytica, which might have used them to influence voters. the election of 2016.
Following the scandal, Zuckerberg was called to testify before Congress in a litigation hearing regarding Facebook's treatment of user privacy.
But that was not all. Democratic members of the House's intelligence committee also targeted Facebook when they sounded the alarm on thousands of Russian-funded ads posted on the platform aired from 2015 to 2017 Some of these announcements were published during the elections.
Facebook has also been closely scrutinized for allowing famous conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to use the site. He finally banned his content last summer after continuing to broadcast fake and hate messages. However, this decision provoked outrage from the Conservatives, who claimed that Jones had been unjustly silenced.
Zuckerberg's problems are not over yet, as critical questions remain in 2019 on how to improve the algorithms that run his platform and deal with the threats of extreme violence and white nationalism.