Mark Zuckerberg said he did not intend to resign as chief executive of the social networking giant Facebook, the French news agency AFP reported.
Facebook has been heavily criticised after many abuses of the platform were revealed, most notably the Cambridge Analytica scandal in which user data was used in favour of Donald Trump in the last presidential race, Russia's use of the platform to intervene in the 2016 presidential election, and other security breaches involving millions of accounts.
The New York Times reported last week that Facebook misled the public on what it knew about Russia's interference in the election and used a public relations firm to deflect criticism by publishing negative stories about other companies in Silicon Valley, a charge rejected by Zuckerberg.
Referring to the criticism of Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer at the company, Zuckerberg said, "Sheryl is a really important part of this company and is leading a lot of the efforts for a lot of the biggest issues we have ...She's been an important partner to me for 10 years. I'm really proud of the work we've done together and I hope that we work together for decades more to come."