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Sheryl Sandberg has asked for information from George Soros, says Facebook



Late on Thursday, Facebook's testimony followed New York Times and Buzzfeed News reports that Sandberg was more closely involved in a request to investigate Soros than she had previously claimed.

Sandberg had initially denied any knowledge of Facebook's relationship with Definers Public Affairs, a conservative public relations firm that had commissioned the company to investigate opposition. Then, on the night before Thanksgiving she posted a post on Facebook confirming that she knew about some of her work from Facebook, according to a New York Times report. Facebook broke off relations with the company two weeks ago after this story took place.

In Thursday's statement, Facebook (FB) said that the research was already underway when Sandberg, the company's chief operating officer, sent an e-mail asking whether Soros owned the shares Facebook "shortened", a maneuver that relies on a loss in value of the stock.

Elliot J. Schrage, the outgoing Facebook vice president of communications and public policy, has taken over the setting from Definers.

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Facebook admitted that Definers had "encouraged members of the press" to fund "Freedom from Facebook," an anti-Facebook group. But on Thursday, Sandberg was not involved in the process.

"Sheryl has never conducted research on Facebook's Freedom, but as she said, she takes full responsibility for any activity that took place on her watch," added Facebook

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Sandberg first dealt with Controversy's controversy on November 15 in a Facebook post, but denied knowing that Facebook hired them.

"I did not know that we hired them or about their work, but I should have, I have great respect for George Soros – and the antisemitic conspiracy theories against him are abominable," she said.

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg also denied any knowledge of Definers prior to the latest New York Times report.

Sources told the NYT that Sandberg's e-mail request came after Soros' Facebook and Google's "threat" forum during a conversation at the World Economic Forum in January. The company said it was looking for possible financial reasons that the liberal billionaire would have to speak out against Facebook.


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