Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg: If You Want Privacy, You're Going to Have to Pay for It

September 21, 2020 0 By JohnValbyNation

Statements from Facebook’s chief operating officer regarding concerns over the company’s collection of users’ data this week left some critics wondering why Facebook—already one of the richest tech companies in Silicon Valley—still appears intensely focused on accumulating vast profits even as its monetization methods have proven controversial.

Speaking with NBC News on Thursday, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said that if people want to use Facebook without seeing advertisements—targeted at the company’s two billion users based on their personal data—they will have to pay.

“We don’t sell data ever, we do not give personal data to advertisers,” said Sandberg.

However, Sandberg said, the company still relies on users’ personal information to keep its advertising service afloat.

“We don’t have an opt-out at the highest level,” she said. “That would be a paid product.”


The company’s constant collection of data made it vulnerable to a data breach that affected at least 87 million of its two billion users—and likely more.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg will appear before a congressional committee next week to testify about the breach that made it possible for Cambridge Analytica, a firm that worked with President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, to collect users’ data through a third-party app without the users’ knowledge.