Report: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Has Employees Blow-Dry His Sweaty Armpits

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 10: Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce committee hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. Zuckerberg, 33, was called to testify after it was reported that 87 million …
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reportedly has members of his communications staff blow-dry his armpits ahead of big speeches and other appearances that might cause the tech billionaire to experience flop sweat.

The intimate detail is one of many featured in Facebook: the Inside Story, a new book by Wired‘s Steven Levy, that chronicles the inner workings of the social media giant and the personal quirks of its executive leaders.  The book portrays Zuckerberg as being somewhere “between naive genius and robotic robber baron,” according to a report from Bloomberg, which has reviewed the book.

Zuckerberg’s problems with perspiration date back to at least 2010, when a widely circulated video showed him sweating profusely on stage at the D: All Things Digital conference.

Levy’s book reportedly portrays Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg as a “micromanager” who is so obsessed with her public image that she would pretend to be nervous in interviews as a way to elicit sympathy from journalists.

The book has garnered enough interest that Facebook spokesperson Liz Bourgeois has publicly denied certain aspects of the text.

“FWIW I’ve staffed a lot of these with Sheryl (as you know) and there’s nothing fake about her nerves before big interviews. Most times no one ever saw it but me,” Bourgeois tweeted this month.

The spokesperson also told Business Insider that the story of Zuckerberg making his staff blow-dry his armpits was probably not true.

“I doubt this is true and if so it would have been at our communications team’s request, but surely anyone who has ever worn a grey t-shirt can relate,” she told the online publication.

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