Facebook’s recent opposition research scandal against billionaire George Soros is revealing, but not for the reasons you might think.
Since the revelations that Facebook used Definers Public Affairs to conduct opposition research on Soros were first reported by the New York Times last month, the company has been hard at work recalibrating and revising its story. Initially, CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg said they had never heard of Definers until they read the Times report. But then last week, Facebook’s outgoing head of communications and policy Elliot Schrage published a memo taking blame for hiring the firm in 2017. On Thursday, however, an internal email described to BuzzFeed News and confirmed by Facebook revealed that Sandberg requested research on Soros after negative remarks the billionaire made about the social network at Davos last January.
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