Facebook spent $ 23 million on Mark Zuckerberg’s security in 2020

The social media giant did not hesitate to pay the price to protect its founder and CEO. Last year, Mark Zuckerberg’s security cost the company $ 23 million. A record.

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Mark Zuckerberg may be discreet in the media, his presence weighs heavily on Facebook’s annual budget. In 2020 reports the site of The Verge, which quotes figures from the Security and Exchange Commission, the safety of the businessman cost almost $ 23 million. A record compared to previous years: In 2019, the budget allocated to protect Mark Zuckerberg had cost “only” 13.4 million dollars, while in 2018, the figure did not exceed 10.4 million dollars. dollars.

If the figure may seem disproportionate, Facebook believes that this allows “To identify and anticipate threats (…) specifically oriented towards Mark Zuvkerberg”. The social network with the blue logo is indeed far from unanimous with the general public, in particular concerning its use of personal data, recalls a spokesperson for the company, who explains: “(Mark Zuckerberg) is synonymous with Facebook and therefore negative sentiment towards our company is directly associated with Mr. Zuckerberg and often transferred to him”.

Hikes linked to elections and Covid

If we are to believe the social network, this sharp increase (+ $ 10 million) linked to the security of Mark Zuckerberg would be justified by two key elements that occurred in 2020: The Covid-19 health crisis, which made protective measures of the CEO of Facebook, but also and above all, the last US presidential elections, which have fueled many tensions in the country in recent months. The company also made a point of recalling that these 23 million dollars were in particular compensated by the fact that Mark Zuckerberg only pays himself a symbolic annual dollar as a salary. What to balance the scales a little.

Source: Journal du Geek by www.journaldugeek.com.

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