Sheryl Sandberg Reportedly Buried Stories About Bobby Kotick

Kristin Snyder

Kristin Snyder is an editorial intern for dot.la. She previously interned with Tiger Oak Media and led the arts section for UCLA's Daily Bruin.

 Sheryl Sandberg at World Economic Forum

Meta Platforms chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg extinguished two articles about her controversial ex-boyfriend, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

Sandberg allegedly contacted MailOnline, the Daily Mail’s digital edition, in 2016 and 2019 to quash stories unearthing a temporary restraining order against Kotick. The restraining order was reportedly issued in March 2014 after Kotick harassed his ex-girlfriend at her home, and it was dissolved in April of that same year.


Sandberg and Kotick, who dated for three years, reportedly tapped employees from both Facebook and Activision, along with lawyers and public relations advisors, to construct a plan to stop both stories from being published, according to the WSJ. Sandberg and her team are said to have been concerned about how the stories would impact the "Lean In" author's status as a supporter of women in the workplace.

Facebook initiated a review into whether Sandberg broke company policy after the WSJ began reporting on the matter, according to the publication. Both Kotick and a Meta spokesperson denied the WSJ's report.

The claims come as Activision has faced mounting controversies under Kotick's leadership. Last month, three women called for the CEO to be fired after detailing alleged sexual harassment at the Santa Monica-based video game company. Activision employees also staged a walked out last year, after the WSJ reported that Kotick knowingly did not inform Activision's board of directors about a sexual assault settlement involving the company.

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Genies Wants To Help Creators Build ‘Avatar Ecosystems’

Christian Hetrick

Christian Hetrick is dot.LA's Entertainment Tech Reporter. He was formerly a business reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and reported on New Jersey politics for the Observer and the Press of Atlantic City.

Genies Wants To Help Creators Build ‘Avatar Ecosystems’

When avatar startup Genies raised $150 million in April, the company released an unusual message to the public: “Farewell.”

The Marina del Rey-based unicorn, which makes cartoon-like avatars for celebrities and aims to “build an avatar for every single person on Earth,” didn’t go under. Rather, Genies announced it would stay quiet for a while to focus on building avatar-creation products.

Genies representatives told dot.LA that the firm is now seeking more creators to try its creation tools for 3D avatars, digital fashion items and virtual experiences. On Thursday, the startup launched a three-week program called DIY Collective, which will mentor and financially support up-and-coming creatives.

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Here's What To Expect At LA Tech Week

Christian Hetrick

Christian Hetrick is dot.LA's Entertainment Tech Reporter. He was formerly a business reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and reported on New Jersey politics for the Observer and the Press of Atlantic City.

Here's What To Expect At LA Tech Week

LA Tech Week—a weeklong showcase of the region’s growing startup ecosystem—is coming this August.

The seven-day series of events, from Aug. 15 through Aug. 21, is a chance for the Los Angeles startup community to network, share insights and pitch themselves to investors. It comes a year after hundreds of people gathered for a similar event that allowed the L.A. tech community—often in the shadow of Silicon Valley—to flex its muscles.

From fireside chats with prominent founders to a panel on aerospace, here are some highlights from the roughly 30 events happening during LA Tech Week, including one hosted by dot.LA.

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