×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg Reportedly Asked Staff to Research George Soros

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is under fire following a New York Times report alleging she asked Facebook staff to conduct research into philanthropist George Soros.

The Times cites three sources who say Sandberg asked Facebook’s communications staff, in an email in January, to look into Soros’ financial interests after Soros spoke out against tech companies. According to the Times, the email came days after Soros gave a speech excoriating tech giants like Google and Facebook at the World Economic Forum and calling for their regulation. The goal of Sandberg’s inquiry was to find out whether Soros would benefit financially from the attacks.

The news comes on the heels of the revelation that Facebook hired the Republican-linked firm Definers Public Affairs to conduct campaign-style opposition research into organizations Soros had backed. The organization reportedly distributed a theory linking Soros, who has been a frequent target of right-wing conspiracies, to Freedom From Facebook, a coalition calling for Facebook’s fragmentation.

In a statement to the Times, Facebook said the research into Soros began before his World Economic Forum speech.

“Mr. Soros is a prominent investor and we looked into his investments and trading activity related to Facebook,” the company said. “That research was already underway when Sheryl sent an email asking if Mr. Soros had shorted Facebook’s stock.”

More Digital

  • Netflix phone

    Netflix Says It Never Accessed Facebook Users' Private Messages

    Netflix may have had technical access to read — and even delete — personal messages of Facebook users who opted in to its now-defunct social-sharing integration with Facebook. But Netflix says it never exploited that ability. According to a New York Times report based on internal Facebook documents, the social giant granted more than 150 partners [...]

  • Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers a

    Facebook Reportedly Gave Tech Companies Access to User Data Beyond Disclosures

    Facebook gave tech companies like Amazon, Spotify, and Microsoft more access to user data than the company had previously disclosed. According to a New York Times report, the special arrangements were discovered in internal Facebook documents that track partnerships and were acquired by the Times. The report states that Facebook gave Netflix and Spotify access [...]

  • Eros Now Launches Quickie Original Strand

    Eros Now Launches Quickie Original Strand With 'Date Gone Wrong' (EXCLUSIVE)

    “Date Gone Wrong” is the first of a slate of original short-format video series being produced at Eros Now, the Indian streaming service operated by Eros International. The company plans about 50 series launches in 2019 in its Quickie strand, as part of its recently hinted-at strategy of launching 100 new series on the platform. [...]

  • Oath - Yahoo - AOL -

    Verizon Is Officially Killing the 'Oath' Name

    Oath, we hardly knew ye. Less than two years after Verizon unveiled Oath as the name for the merged AOL-Yahoo internet group, the telco announced that the name will be discontinued, with Oath to be renamed the “Verizon Media Group” as of Jan. 8, 2019. Oath has been a disappointment for Verizon: The telco spent nearly $10 [...]

  • Quibi - Tim Connolly - Jim

    Jeffrey Katzenberg's Quibi Adds Ex-Hulu Execs Tim Connolly, Jim O'Gorman to Management Team

    Quibi, the mobile-TV startup led by Jeffrey Katzenberg and CEO Meg Whitman, has tapped several Hulu alums among its latest hires. Tim Connolly, formerly senior VP of partnerships and distribution at Hulu, has joined Quibi as head of partnerships and advertising. Jim O’Gorman, previously Hulu’s SVP of talent and organization, is now head of talent and [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content