In effort to deflect criticism over Russian interference in 2016 campaign Facebook hired Republican opposition research firm to discredit protesters.

By | 2018-11-15T08:05:03+00:00 November 16th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |9 Comments

Just when you thought it was okay to like Facebook again.

Courtesy of HuffPo:

In an effort to muffle criticism of how it handled Russian interference and disinformation, Facebook reportedly carried out a campaign to discredit dissenters that included targeted attacks on Jewish billionaire philanthropist George Soros.

A New York Times investigation, published Wednesday, delves into the social media giant’s handling of the controversy and chaos following the discovery of targeted disinformation campaigns. Facebook, facing increasing backlash in Washington, hired Definers Public Affairs, a Republican opposition research firm, to discredit anti-Facebook protesters by linking them to figures like Soros, a longtime critic of the social network, the newspaper reported.

Facebook initially worked with Definers to monitor press coverage of the company, but then expanded the relationship in October 2017, according to the report. The public relations firm then reportedly began promoting negative coverage of Facebook’s rivals, including Apple and Google.

Definers also reportedly targeted Soros after anti-Facebook activists promoted what appeared to be anti-Semitic imagery during a congressional hearing. The firm sent a research document to reporters over the summer alleging that Soros was behind an anti-Facebook movement; his Open Society Foundations, for example, supported a group that his son founded as well as Color of Change, a group that belongs to an anti-Facebook advocacy group called Freedom From Facebook.

I recently heard a critic saying that Facebook is the single biggest threat to democracy today. 

And that sounding less and less like hyperbole. 

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9 Comments

  1. OK November 16, 2018 at 7:45 am

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/prosecutors-criminal-charges-julian-assange_us_5bee8fabe4b0510a1f2f98d3

    “I have no idea if he has actually been charged or for what, but the notion that the federal criminal charges could be brought based on the publication of truthful information is an incredibly dangerous precedent to set,” said Barry J. Pollack, one of Assange’s attorneys, in reaction to the news. Ben Wizner, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, also argued that prosecution “would be unprecedented and unconstitutional, and would open the door to criminal investigations of other news organizations. Moreover, prosecuting a foreign publisher for violating U.S. secrecy laws would set an especially dangerous precedent for U.S. journalists, who routinely violate foreign secrecy laws to deliver information vital to the public’s interest.”

  2. FUZuck November 16, 2018 at 7:50 am

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/sheryl-sandberg-new-york-times-facebook-report_us_5bee3e55e4b0510a1f2f524d

    “she wrote. “But to suggest that we weren’t interested in knowing the truth, or we wanted to hide what we knew, or that we tried to prevent investigations, is simply untrue.”
    ” she wrote. “I did not know we hired them or about the work they were doing, but I should have. I have great respect for George Soros ― and the anti-Semitic conspiracy theories against him are abhorrent.”

    Zuckerberg issued very similar comments earlier Thursday, claiming he didn’t know about Facebook’s hiring of the firm until the article was published.

    “I’ve said many times before that we were too slow to spot Russian interference and we certainly stumbled along the way,” Zuckerberg said during a press conference, “but to suggest we weren’t interested in knowing the truth or wanted to hide what we knew or wanted to prevent investigations is simply untrue.”
    “The company wrote that, although it “still” has “a long way to go, we’re proud of the progress we have made in fighting misinformation, removing bad content and preventing foreign actors from manipulating our platform.”<RiiiggghhhttT

    • Lie$ November 16, 2018 at 8:31 am

      HE KNEW.
      https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/25/16360482/obama-mark-zuckerberg-fake-news-facebook

      “forced to address Ukrainian account takedowns in an online town hall he held in May 2015. The top 20 questions were all from Ukrainians, the top question got 45,000 likes.
      Many complained their accounts were being flagged as committing hate speech, just to take them offline. 

      “There’s been a bunch of content that has been posted that violates the rules we have around hate speech . . . some of these posts included ethnic slurs against Ru$$ian posts,” {Zuck} said. “I looked into it personally and I stand by that we did the right thing according to our policies.” 

      Ruslan Deynychenko, one of the co-founders of StopFake.org, a non-governmental organisation set up in Ukraine in early 2014 to debunk Russian fake news,
      said Ukrainians had warned the west that this was a “very potent weapon”.”

      https://www.ft.com/content/c63d76d4-bd1e-11e7-b8a3-38a6e068f464

  3. Anon November 16, 2018 at 8:37 am

    ““[Y]ou should never chalk up to conspiracy what you can reliably attribute to stupidity. Because stupidity is a much more powerful force in the course of human events.”

    Tim Weiner

  4. White Rabbit November 16, 2018 at 8:43 am

    Lean In. What BS.Maybe feminism has succeeded when corporate women can be big giant dicks just like men.
    What a horrible person Sheryl Sandberg is. And the smug nerve of her going around telling other women to Lean In so they can be – just like her. No thanks.

  5. Anonymous November 16, 2018 at 9:42 am

    well what do you expect? billions of peple hand over their personal info each day without thinking twice. thats bound to be power that could be misused. i never trusted facebook. nothing is free. especially our souls.

  6. Bubba November 16, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    HAHA. There is research that says Russia ‘clones’ humans. Wouldn’t surprise me. They drank too much Vodka. Now they are pickled in the head. I mean Putin looks weird. There is something about him that speaks ‘alien’. May be they killed Putin already and this is the replacement. A moron. Serves Russia right for their continual ‘trying to play God’, how’s that working for ya Bubba. HAHAHA.
    Facebook is nothing more than a global front for the ‘spies of the world’ to drop in on. Just like Coca-Cola Plants. See if there is something that would peak their money books. Eyeroll. I would forget about that kind of communication. I mean we already have cell phones and tablets. It’s like inviting a stranger into your house you have never met? Are you kidding me people? Wake up already!
    You don’t need facebook. They have just brainwashed you into ‘thinking’ you need it. NO. No you don’t need them. Keep it on your phones and tablets only. No need to share. Stay safe folks! 😉

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