Facebook's Sandberg and Twitter's Dorsey won't stand for re-election to Disney board in increasing conflict with overlapping businesses

File-This June 22, 2016, file photo shows Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg speaking at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey won't stand for re-election to the board of The Walt Disney Co. A Disney spokesperson says it has become "increasingly difficult for them to avoid conflicts relating to board matters." With Disney planning to put ESPN online and Twitter live-streaming sports like NFL football, online video is surely an area of overlap. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

- Associated Press
Monday, January 15th 2018, 22:12 pm EDT

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will be leaving the board of The Walt Disney Co. Neither executive will stand for re-election at the company's annual meeting in March.

A Disney spokesperson says it has become "increasingly difficult for them to avoid conflicts relating to board matters."

With Disney planning to put ESPN online, Twitter live-streaming sports like NFL football, and Facebook prioritizing live video, online video is a likely area of overlap.

The pending departure of the two Disney board members was revealed in a securities filing Friday.

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