Zuckerberg’s 2017 security, travel cost Facebook $8.8 million
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Facebook spent $8.8 million to cover its founder and CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergHillicon Valley: YouTube to restore Trump's account | House-passed election bill takes aim at foreign interference | Senators introduce legislation to create international tech partnerships Far-right misinformation received highest engagement on Facebook: study Facebook helped fund New York Times columnist David Brooks's think tank project: report MORE’s security and personal travel in 2017, USA Today reported.

The expenses increased by $3 million from 2016 because of Zuckerberg’s 2017 cross-country U.S. tour.

“Because of the high visibility of our company, our compensation & governance committee has authorized an ‘overall security program’ for Mr. Zuckerberg to address safety concerns due to specific threats to his safety arising directly as a result of his position as our founder, Chairman, and CEO,” Facebook wrote in its disclosure.

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The company argued that it views these expenditures as necessary and beneficial because of Zuckerberg’s importance to Facebook.

Facebook also spent over $2.6 million to cover the security fees for Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.

Zuckerberg’s expenses are unlikely to drop in 2018, as he just finished testifying before Congress about Facebook’s privacy policies and the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

He is set to meet with the European Union’s digital chief on Tuesday to discuss similar issues.