Longtime Facebook government Sheryl Sandberg was concerned in a stress marketing campaign in opposition to the Each day Mail on two events to persuade the publication’s management to drop an unflattering story about her then-boyfriend, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

Sandberg dated online game government Robert Kotick, who runs Activision Blizzard, for a number of years. She is the chief working officer of Meta Platforms Inc., the title for Fb’s new company mother or father after the corporate reorganized final 12 months, and held the identical position on the social media large for greater than a decade.

In 2016 and once more in 2019, the Journal reported, Sandberg and Kotick ― together with Fb and Activision workers and paid exterior advisers ― labored to persuade the Each day Mail’s on-line editors to not publish a narrative a few restraining order that an ex-girlfriend of Kotick’s had obtained in opposition to him in 2014.

The ex-girlfriend now says she exaggerated her claims about Kotick, and the Each day Mail’s reporters understood that, in keeping with the Journal. However Sandberg and her group reportedly nonetheless frightened in regards to the unfavourable influence the story might have on her fame as an advocate for ladies.

Sandberg based an advocacy group, LeanIn.org, primarily based off the title of her 2013 bestseller, to encourage girls to pursue authorities and enterprise management roles.

Fb is now reportedly investigating Sandberg’s position within the Each day Mail stress marketing campaign, given Fb’s outsize affect over the digital information media business ― which was much more pronounced up to now. Digital information has largely struggled with a shift in the online advertising marketplace toward tech giants like Fb, resulting in widespread layoffs and shuttered digital publications.

The Each day Mail didn’t instantly reply to HuffPost’s request for remark.