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Facebook Comes Under Renewed Fire for How It Handled Misinformation

Facebook Comes Under Renewed Fire for How It Handled Misinformation

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during a call with reporters that he learned about the company's relationship with Definers only when he read the Times report.

Bush 2016 alumni, to discredit critics of Facebook, including conservative commentators Diamond and Silk.

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.

At the same time, Facebook lobbied "a Jewish civil rights group to cast some criticism of the company as anti-Semitic" since founder Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg are both Jewish. The report dwelt on several issues like the company's poor response to Russian abuse of its platform during the last USA general election, Mark Zuckerberg's disdain for Tim Cook, and more.

The New York Times reported Wednesday that in October 2017 Facebook hired Washington-based consultancy firm Definers Public Affairs as it sought to recover its public image in the wake of allegations that Russian Federation spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on fake accounts that spread content seen by 126 million people meant to damage Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and boost support for her Republican rival Donald Trump. Definers supplied in addition to journalists with information about possible financial assistance to the family of the Investor and philanthropist George Soros at the Initiative of Freedom from Facebook.

Facebook misled the public about its knowledge of Russian hackers' use of the powerful platform to meddle in the 2016 United States presidential election, a New York Times investigation reported Thursday. He's been attacked on a number of different occasions because he speaks out against companies like Facebook and the rise of social media platforms that, by claiming to be neutral, allow conversation to happen that can be anti-Semitic, anti-Islamic and anti- quite a lot of other things.

In October 2017, Facebook hired a Republican opposition research firm called Definers Public Affairs to help manage the company's PR image. George Soros-supported presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and is already for his Facebook criticism known.

Zuckerberg's first note, published in September, covered how Facebook was combatting election interference.

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Facebook wasn't immediately available for comment.

- Propagating disinformation about Facebook critics and competitors like Apple and Google ― via a verified Facebook page operated by Definers called "NTK Network"― that was dutifully picked up and disseminated by far-right outlets like Breitbart.

In February 2018, Ms Sandberg publicly backed new legislation that would hold social networks accountable if they failed to tackle sex trafficking on their platforms.

In fact, the Times said, Facebook had amassed evidence for over a year of Russian activity through an investigation led by its former security chief, Alex Stamos.

The report comes as Facebook grapples with challenges ranging from fake news to incitement to violence in the US, Myanmar, India and elsewhere.

But it said it did not pay Definers to attack Apple.

He conceded that while Facebook had "made significant progress in the a year ago...we still have a lot of work ahead". Facebook is regularly accused of all units of not doing enough to remove these messages, and has recognized, for example, have been too slow to react to the propaganda of the burmese army on its website against the rohingya minority.


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