Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, reportedly asked employees to look for dirt after George Soros's speech against the social media giants.
Sandberg sent an e-mail to senior communications and police chiefs in January demanding that he look into the matter. The New York Times reported on Thursday about the billionaire's financial interests.
A month earlier, Soros gave a speech at the World Economic Forum, calling Facebook "a threat to society." Facebook researched and found that Soros in the background was funding for a group called Freedom from Facebook.
The social media company recently admitted to having appointed an opposition research firm ̵
"In January 2018, investor and philanthropist George Soros took up a speech in Davos calling us a" threat to society, "said Elliot Schrage, the outgoing communications and political leader of Facebook In a statement last Week.
"We had not heard any criticism from him before and wanted to know if he had any financial reasons, and they did research with public information."
Facebook told The Post on Thursday that the investigation into Soros had begun, Before Sandberg sent the e-mail. "
" As Elliot said last week, we've been researching possible motivations behind George Soro's review of Facebook in January 2018, "a Facebook spokesperson said.
"This investigation was already in progress when Sheryl asked an email asking if Mr. Soros had shortened Facebook's stock. Sheryl has never searched for freedom on Facebook. But as she said, she takes full responsibility for any activity that took place on her watch. "