Facebook denies hiding Russian sabotage after shocking New York Times investigation

April FrancisNov 17, 2018

Paul Levy: I suppose I'd say, and it's not in terms of defending them, because I don't think this was about George Soros or Donald Trump particularly, if I were to say on social media something anti-Semitic or anti-Islamic, that isn't acceptable with those policies. Sandberg also said that she has "great respect" for billionaire George Soros, who The New York Times reported was targeted by Definers in research sent to reporters.

Paul Levy: This is going to be a really hard one to unpack, particularly in the world of fake news and the way that social media reports things, but clearly the accusations against George Soros are not new as well.

"The notion that your company, at your direction, actively engaged in the same behavior to try to discredit people exercising their First Amendment rights to protest Facebook's role in disseminating vile propaganda is frankly astonishing to me", Gaspard continued.

In response to the recent New York Times report, Facebook just announced that it was going to take important steps in curtailing misinformation.

In a blog post Thursday, Facebook said there were "a number of inaccuracies" in the story, but also said it cut ties with the opposition research firm.

"The intention was to demonstrate that it was not simply a spontaneous grassroots campaign, as it claimed, but supported by a well-known critic of our company", it said, without naming Soros.

The Open Society Foundation founded by Soros meanwhile called for an independent probe of Facebook's tactics. In a January 25 speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Soros called Facebook and Google a "menace" and called for "regulatory authorities to protect society against them".

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Facebook likes to say it was "too slow" to address the problems it's now grappling with, including how Russian Federation set out to manipulate conversation on the social network in the lead-up to the 2016 election.

Facebook outright denied that public relations firm Definers Public Affairs had been hired to write positive articles about the company during the time it was enmeshed in scandals.

"All of our work is based on publicly-available documents and information".

Alongside that way, facebook has been accumulating one of the ever biggest repositories of the personal data and that's a treasure trove of photos in reality and that treasure trove involves messages and the things like that which make the company to be the in the 500 fortune. According tothe Times, Open Society Foundations never directly gave a grant to anti-Facebook campaigns, but has funded two groups that have been critical of the company.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, told reporters she will be sending a letter to Facebook and the Justice Department. "As a board we did indeed push them to move faster", the board statement said. "To now learn that you are active in promoting these distortions is beyond the pale", Gaspard said. Your methods threaten the very values underpinning our democracy.

Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg have amassed a scary amount of power.

"I came to the conclusion that we should not take everything only as much of decisions on the issue of freedom of expression or security", explained Mr Zuckerberg.

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