Facebook's statement late on Thursday followed new reports from The New York Times and Buzzfeed News who said that Sandberg…
Facebook’s statement late on Thursday followed new reports from The New York Times and Buzzfeed News who said that Sandberg was more closely involved in a request to look at Soros than she had previously claimed .
Sandberg had initially denied knowledge of Facebook’s relationship with Definers Public Affairs, a conservative public relations company that was hired by the company to conduct opposition research. Then, on the night before Thanksgiving, she made a post on Facebook confirming that she knew about some of her work.
Defenders circulated information about Soros earlier this year that tried to tie him to groups pushing for more regulation of Facebook, according to a New York Times report. Facebook broke the ties with the company two weeks ago, after the story.
In Thursday’s statement, Facebook (FB) said Defenser’s research was already in progress when Sandberg, the company’s chief executive, sent an email that Soros had “mapped Facebook’s stock”, a maneuver that focuses on a warehouse that loses value.
Elliot J. Schrage, Outgoing Facebook Vice President of Communications and Public Policy, has taken responsibility for hiring Definers.
“19459005” As Elliot said last week, we investigated potential motivations behind George Soro’s criticism of Facebook in January 2018. Mr. Soros is a prominent investor and we watched his investment and business related to Facebook, Facebook said in its statement on Thursday.
“The The investigation was already underway when Sheryl sent an email that Soros had mapped Facebook’s stock, “added the company.
Facebook acknowledged earlier this month that Defenders” encourages press members “to investigate funding of” Freedom from Facebook “, an anti- Facebook group. But it was said Thursday that Sandberg was not involved in that process.
“Sheryl never led research on freedom from Facebook. But as she said before taking full responsibility for any activity that occurred on her watch, “Facebook added
Sandberg first treated the controversy over Definers in a Facebook post on November 15, but denied that Facebook had hired them.
“I did not know we hired them or the work they did, but I should have. I have great respect for George Soros – and the anti-Semitic conspiracy theories against him are abominable, “she said.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also denied any knowledge about Definers before the latest New York Times report.
Sources told NEWS that Sandberg’s email inquiry came after Soros called Facebook and Google a “threat” during a speech at the World Economic Forum in January. The company has said it examined any financial reasons the liberal billionaire would have to speak against Facebook.