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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.”

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7 Comments
  1. Mr.Soros wants Facebook regulated because he has no control over it.
    He is a danger to free speech and true democracy.
    Sooner that man dies of old age the better.

  2. @windone. Facebook is in possession of multitudes of information on millions of people. That translates to power. And, Facebook has misused and profited from this. This is why their exec have been constantly summoned by Governments worldwide to answer for their actions. And, they’re not coming up with the right answers. Their to management is failing to demonstrate that they have proper control of an entity with so much potential power. Their answer have all been denial s and empty promises. If you use Facebook, you don’t have any clue as to what they have done with your information. You are NOT protected. You don’t know who all knows your business.

    P.S. I am NOT on Facebook!

  3. I guess I don’t understand what the problem is here. I certainly am no fan of Facebook and they way it operates, but I don’t see anything wrong with doing research into someone who is demanding you be regulated to see if they might have ulterior motives for doing so.

  4. Oh oh! Sandberg will be suicided soon. She double crossed the top Demoncrat. I hope she gets rid of her red scarves.

  5. Facebook DOES need to be regulated and monitored. It has too much potential power to be managed by the lightweights running it now. They have already proved this. They’re behind on all of their issues. They’re in trouble worldwide.

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