Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's second-highest leader and one of CEO Mark Zuckerberg's closest confidants, asked her communications team to investigate the finances of billionaire investor George Soros after criticizing Facebook, according to an internal conference at a global conference in January -Mail quoted by the New York Times and Buzzfeed News. Just two weeks ago, Sandberg denied the knowledge of a separate, later endeavor, from a political company hired by the social media giants to promote stories about Soros.
Sandberg's request came after Soros gave a speech in January 201
The social media giant confirmed in response to the Times and Buzzfeed reports that Sandberg's subordinates had asked if Soros bet against Facebook by truncating the company's stock.
The Times said Sandberg's request for information about Soros came within a few days of his speech in January. In a statement released late Thursday in which he responded to stories sent to CBS News and other news agencies, Facebook said it already had a look at Soros at the time of Sandberg's request.
Facebook investment and trading activity, "the company said," This research was already in progress when Sheryl asked an email asking if Mr. Soros had shortened Facebook's shares. "
Months later, Facebook hired Definers Public Affairs, a company founded by Republican activists to tackle two scandals: Russian efforts to use Facebook to disseminate misinformation during the 2016 presidential campaign, and the explosive allegations surrounding Cambridge Analytica and the Abuse of Facebook users' personal information.
Facebook fired Definers after a Times investigation revealed the relationship in early November.
Facebook said on Thursday that Sandberg was "fully responsible for any activity." but she did not do any personal research to Freedom from Facebook, an anti-Facebook coalition whose members were among the participants in Definers. Work later. "
Definers helped spread stories about other tech companies to seemingly distract attention from Facebook, and provided reporters with material designed to connect Soros with anti-Facebook groups.
The revelation of these tactics Partially criticized in a November 14 New York Times study, Soros (19459005) is often the target of conservative anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.
CBS This Morning "On November 16, Sandberg said, Definitely hired by the "communications team" and she just learned from the Times. "Definitely, we've got a lot of companies, they've been hired to not smear anyone, do not write articles or do the wrong thing experienced when Mark did, "she said.
Later on November 21, she confirmed in a Facebook post that "some of her work was contained in materials that were presented to me, and I received a small one." Number of emails to which Definers was referred. "
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