Facebook shakes up management

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday ordered the biggest executive shakeup in the company’s 15-year history. The move appeared to consolidate power at the top, leaving the roles of Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, while giving more responsibility to Chris Cox, the chief product officer in charge of the flagship Facebook service. He now will preside over the widely used Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp services. The changes were seen as part of the effort to improve executive communication and user privacy at the social network to address the backlash over fake news posts orchestrated by Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign, and the recent scandal over Cambridge Analytica’s improper use of personal data. Facebook also is launching a new team focusing on blockchain technology.

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