Facebook Commissioned PR Campaign Against George Soros

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The firm circulated a document to reporters that "cast Mr. Soros as the unacknowledged force behind what appeared to be a broad anti-Facebook movement", according to the New York Times, and it "pressed reporters to explore the financial connections between Mr Soros' family or philanthropies" and groups critical of Facebook.

Facebook hasn't been the most popular company as of late.

Founder-CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandburg are both Jewish, which added extra sting to the charges they had overseen efforts to play the Soros card. He's also always been a bête noire of conservatives and has frequently been a central figure in far-right conspiracy theories, many of them with anti-semitic overtones.

Behind the scenes, Facebook prepared to meet the protesters on their level.

Definers' key tactic: identify an enemy.

Soros, a longtime backer of liberal causes, has always been the target of right-wing and antisemitic conspiracy theories.

The Times said that when criticism of its belated Russian Federation admission grew, Facebook mounted a lobbying campaign led by Sandberg, pushing negative stories about its political critics and making rival companies like Google and Apple look bad.

Daily Caller journalist Joe Gabriel Simonson recalled being contacted by "a PR guy" who kept "bringing up Soros". That's why Facebook wants the committee to be an independent one.

"It was odd and we didn't end up going with that angle", he tweeted on Wednesday.

Read the full New York Times report here.

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In a statement in response, Facebook disputed "inaccuracies" in the story, but said it was ending its contract with a Republican lobbying company named in the article, Definers Public Affairs, which specializes in opposition research.

Facebook's labeling of Soros as the boogeyman was not a random decision.

In a speech at the World Economic Forum in January, he had attacked Facebook and Google, describing them as a monopolist "menace" with "neither the will nor the inclination to protect society against the consequences of their actions".

To that end, Soros has indeed financed some anti-Facebook initiatives.

A nonprofit founded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros has posted a scathing letter on Facebook about the social media company's reported use of "a Republican opposition research firm to stir up animus toward" Soros.

Robinson sees Facebook's targeting of Soros - who is Jewish - as anti-Semitic.

"This narrative has really unsafe antisemitic undertones about Jewish people controlling the world", Robinson added. "It's also deeply anti-black - the idea that our strategies, our ideas, our vision are somehow built off some puppet master... That Facebook would employ a rightwing firm to say that is deeply troubling".

Most recently, a crackpot theory accused him of funding the caravan of refugees that has been slowly heading from Central America to the US's southern border.

Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and chief operating officer Cheryl Sandberg were both so bent on growing Facebook that they "ignored warning signs and then sought to hide them from public view", the report said.

"The New York Times is wrong to suggest that we ever asked Definers to pay for or write articles on Facebook's behalf - or to spread misinformation", Facebook said, noting that Definers had openly done media communications work for the company.

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