Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg has broken her silence over a recent Women’s March demanding female equality in the US just a day after publicly rebuking president Donald Trump for fostering a "harsher immigration climate" since entering the White House.
Addressing the Watermark Conference for Women Sandberg tackled head-on the puzzlement expressed by many over an apparent lack of interest in what may have been the largest protest ever staged in America by stating that a "personal obligation" had prevented her attendance.
Sandberg said: "I had a personal obligation which meant I couldn’t go. I just felt bad about not being there. So I think once I felt bad I just didn’t feel comfortable posting, and I think that was a mistake. And if I had to do it again I certainly would’ve posted."
A strong proponent of women’s rights Sandberg lauded the "strong showing of support" women from around the country had displayed but added that it was still "early days" to gauge their effectiveness.
Sandberg’s intervention comes amids ongoing controversy surrounding an immigration ban instigated by trump, prompting Facebook to join three other tech firms in a public letter of opposition.