• Facebook's PR blitz linked an anti-Facebook group to George Soros: report

    1 month ago - By Fast Company

    A deeply-reported New York Times story shows Facebook fumbling through the Russian propaganda crisis and using some sketchy methods of deflecting bad press.
    A bombshell New York Times story today paints an extremely unflattering picture of the way top Facebook executives handled the abuse of its platform by Russia and others following the 2016 election. CEO Mark Zuckerberg went out on a public apology tour, while chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg oversaw an aggressive lobbying campaign in Washington to silence critics and head off new regulation.
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  • Senator Chuck Schumer intervened on Facebook's behalf this summer, telling a prominent Democratic critic of the company to back off

    Senator Chuck Schumer intervened on Facebook's behalf this summer, telling a prominent Democratic critic of the company to back off

    1 month ago - By Business Insider

    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer intervened with one of his colleagues on Facebook's behalf this summer, amid growing sentiment against the company, according to a new report in The New York Times .
    Schumer told Sen. Mark Warner , one of the company's most prominent congressional critics, to tone down his criticism.
    He also kept Facebook's lobbyists informed of his efforts to protect the social networking giant, according to the report.
    News of Schumer's effort on behalf of Facebook comes amid growing discontent among some Democrats over the party's corporate ties and pro-corporate...
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  • Sheryl Sandberg repeatedly tried to downplay Russia's involvement in misinformation on Facebook, report says

    Sheryl Sandberg repeatedly tried to downplay Russia's involvement in misinformation on Facebook, report says

    1 month ago - By Business Insider

    Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg reportedly tried to downplay disclosures of the effects of Russian propaganda on the social network.
    Sandberg argued against singling out Russia in 2017 and called for public disclosures to be made "less specific," according to a new report from the New York Times.
    The revelations shed new light on how senior leadership battled to maintain Facebook's image as it lurched from scandal to scandal.
    Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg repeatedly pushed to downplay disclosures of the effects of Russian propaganda on the social network, according to the New York Times in a...
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  • Facebook reportedly had its Republican-linked PR firm try to blame George Soros for the anti-Facebook movement

    Facebook reportedly had its Republican-linked PR firm try to blame George Soros for the anti-Facebook movement

    1 month ago - By Business Insider

    Facebook this summer had a public relations firm attempt to blame financier George Soros for the rise of groups opposing it, reports the New York Times .
    The firm, Definers Public Affairs, sent a research document to reporters that accused Soros of backing the anti-Facebook groups behind the scenes.
    Definers also encouraged reporters to dig into the alleged financial ties between Soros and the groups.
    Soros, a longtime backer of liberal causes, has long been the target of right-wing and antisemitic conspiracy theories.
    As Facebook faced a string of crises, it sought to tie its critics to...
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