Zuckerberg says neither he nor Sandberg will step down from Facebook

Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Combatting fake news on social media will take a village On The Money: Supreme Court takes up challenge to CFPB | Warren's surge brings scrutiny to wealth tax | Senators eye curbs on Trump emergency powers MORE indicated Tuesday that neither he nor Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg are stepping down from the company anytime soon in the wake of a bombshell report that cast fresh scrutiny on their leadership.

"Sheryl is a really important part of this company and is leading a lot of the efforts to address a lot of the biggest issues that we have," Zuckerberg told CNN in an interview. "And she’s been an important partner for me for 10 years, and I’m really proud of the work that we’ve done together. And I hope that we work together for decades more to come."

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Asked if he intends to step down as head of the company, Zuckerberg said "that's not the plan." 

"I’m not going to be doing this forever, but I certainly, I’m not currently thinking that that makes sense," he said.

Zuckerberg acknowledged that the platform could better collaborate with foreign governments, other companies and nonprofits in other sectors. 

Facebook has been at the center of a firestorm in recent days following a New York Times report that said the platform's leadership was slow to confront Russian efforts to exploit the platform for election meddling.

The report also said Facebook used a Republican opposition research firm called Definers Public Affairs to accuse liberal financier George Soros of funding some of the groups that were speaking out against Facebook.

Zuckerberg on Tuesday reiterated his claim that he was not aware that Definers was working on Facebook's behalf.