• Facebook Fires PR Firm That Tried Linking the Social Network's Opponents to George Soros

    26 days ago - By Fortune

    Facebook ended its relationship with Definers, a public-affairs firm that offered political-style “opposition research,” and which told reporters to investigate a link between anti-Facebook activists and philanthropist and financier George Soros.
    Soros, who funds foundations for democratic activism and other causes, is a frequent target of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories in America and abroad.
    In a media briefing on Nov. 15, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he was unaware of tactics used by Definers until reading a New York Times story.
    A top Soros advisor, Michael Vachon, called on...
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  • The research firm Facebook hired to smear its critics has been pushing an anti-Apple campaign that has Qualcomm's fingerprints on it

    26 days ago - By Chron

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    A New York Times story said that Facebook had employed a Washington DC-style research firm to spread potentially damaging stories about Facebook's critics.
    The story also mentioned that there is another technology client which is paying the firm, Definers Public Affairs, to spread negative stories about Apple.
    Business Insider reporters have previously been contacted by Definers representatives about information they think could be damaging to Apple and positive for Qualcomm.
    While all signs appear to point toward Qualcomm as the mystery client, Qualcomm has remained...
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  • “Overall, Sheryl is doing great work”: Mark Zuckerberg on defense after damning NYT report

    26 days ago - By Fast Company

    The Facebook CEO is in damage control mode today.
    Facebook held a conference call with journalists today, in part to address damning revelations in Wednesday's New York Times story about the company's slow response to the hijack of its social network by Russian operatives.
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  • Mark Zuckerberg says he didn't know Facebook hired a research firm that tried to discredit its critics by linking them to George Soros

    Mark Zuckerberg says he didn't know Facebook hired a research firm that tried to discredit its critics by linking them to George Soros

    26 days ago - By Business Insider

    Mark Zuckerberg says he didn't know that Facebook hired a opposition research firm that attempted to discredit critics of the company by linking them to George Soros.
    George Soros, a wealthy Jewish financier and philanthropist, is the frequent target of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.
    The work of Definers Public Affairs, the firm that pushed the narrative linking the groups to Soros, was exposed in a bombshell New York Times report.
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told reporters he didn't know his company hired a opposition research firm that tried to discredit critics of Facebook by...
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  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: I Didn't Know About Our Controversial Lobbying, Opposition Research Tactics

    26 days ago - By Fortune

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he was unaware of the social networking giant's controversial opposition research and lobbying tactics until after he read a scathing New York Times investigation published Wednesday.
    Speaking with reporters on Thursday during a media briefing, Zuckerberg explained his surprise with the report's allegations that the Definers public relations firm, working on behalf of Facebook, performed a number of controversial services intended to deflect attention away from Facebook during a time of tremendous turmoil for the once Silicon Valley darling.
    Among some of...
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  • Zuckerberg denies knowledge of Facebook's work with GOP opposition research firm

    26 days ago - By Tech Crunch

    Today in call with reporters preceded by a frantic if fairly uneventful distraction-pushing media blitz, Facebook responded to a damning New York Times story published yesterday that cited interviews with more than 50 sources privy to Facebook's decision making.
    The call kicked off with the operator's suggestion that Facebook is “happy to take a couple of questions on yesterday's news” but would prefer to focus on what it wants to talk about - namely anything but the New York Times story. Amidst the strategic fluff, Zuckerberg did come out strongly on one thing - denying any knowledge of...
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