Facebook Should 'Unfriend' CEO

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2009 1:50 PM CDT
Mark Zuckerberg.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Mark Zuckerberg has made mistakes in the past 6 weeks “that would have led to any normal CEO's firing,” Owen Thomas writes for Gawker, and the Facebook CEO's case should be no different. His three strikes: a privacy-shredding “terms of service disaster,” an “awful redesign,” and the “disgraceful, petty ouster” of a veteran manager. If the board is smart—and resourceful—it will dump the site’s founder.

“It is understandable for a 24-year-old to be fickle, easily swayed, and vengeful,” Thomas writes. “But that is the reason why we have very few 24-year-old CEOs.” Beyond the “public strikes” lies something worse: A failure to “build the company’s culture,” which he had claimed was his chief responsibility. “Here's the Harvard man in Zuckerberg revealed: He has assembled a coterie of servants instead of building a team.”