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NYT: Facebook Hired Conservative Firm to Protect Image by Discrediting Critics

HeadlineNov 15, 2018
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A new report by The New York Times reveals that Facebook executives, including Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, were aware of a Russian misinformation campaign on Facebook and took a series of private actions to preserve the company’s reputation. Facebook reportedly hired the Republican opposition-research firm Definers to discredit critics of Facebook, linking them to the billionaire liberal donor George Soros. Facebook also allegedly lobbied a Jewish civil rights group to condemn criticism of the company as anti-Semitic.

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