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Tech billionaire Peter Thiel to leave Meta's board

Longest-serving board member to leave amid slowing user growth at Facebook

Ben Wodecki

February 9, 2022

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PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel is stepping down from the board of Meta Platforms Inc., Facebook’s parent company, after 17 years. He was Facebook’s first outside investor.

“Peter has been a valuable member of our board and I’m deeply grateful for everything he has done for our company – from believing in us when few others would, to teaching me so many lessons about business, economics, and the world,” said Meta chief Mark Zuckerberg in a statement.

Thiel added that “it has been a privilege to work with one of the great entrepreneurs of our time. Mark Zuckerberg’s intelligence, energy, and conscientiousness are tremendous.”

Thiel will stay on the company's board until its next shareholder meeting later this year. He was the company’s longest-serving board member. He will now be focused on supporting Donald Trump allies in November’s U.S. midterm elections, according to The New York Times.

Thiel’s exit comes amid turmoil at Meta. Last week, the company posted its first-ever decline in daily active users in the fourth quarter of 2021 from the prior quarter, tanking its stock by 26% and wiping out more than $230 billion in market valuation in one day.

In its annual earnings report, Meta also warned that it might yank access to services such as Facebook and Instagram in Europe if it will be blocked from using current standards to transfer user data back to the U.S, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

About the Author(s)

Ben Wodecki

Jr. Editor

Ben Wodecki is the Jr. Editor of AI Business, covering a wide range of AI content. Ben joined the team in March 2021 as assistant editor and was promoted to Jr. Editor. He has written for The New Statesman, Intellectual Property Magazine, and The Telegraph India, among others. He holds an MSc in Digital Journalism from Middlesex University.

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