Facebook 'smears rivals' like Apple to hide failings

Frederick Owens
November 16, 2018

"As with numerous biggest challenges we face, there isn't broad agreement on the right approach, and thoughtful people come to very different conclusions on what are acceptable tradeoffs", Zuckerberg wrote.

Zuckerberg effectively said he would not step down as chairman of his board of directors when asked specifically by reporters.

"As you know, there is a concerted right-wing effort the world over to demonize Mr. Soros and his foundations, which I lead-an effort which has contributed to death threats and the delivery of a pipe bomb to Mr. Soros' home".

The day after an investigation by The New York Times called Zuckerberg's leadership into question - and accused the company of concealing damaging information from the public - it was evident that he is pursuing a painstaking approach to crisis management: more transparency. Zuckerberg also promised to start holding quarterly calls to provide updates on how this massive, thorny effort is proceeding - further proof that Facebook is hoping that more openness will help solve its many problems. But she took issue with the Times report that she sought to downplay foreign involvement, and grew angry when Facebook's chief security officer, Alex Stamos, had directed a team to scrutinize the extent of Russian activity on the platform.

In July of this year, as a Facebook executive testified before a congressional committee, anti-Facebook demonstrators barged into the room and held up a sign depicting Zuckerberg and Sandberg - who are both Jewish - as the twin heads of an octopus with its tentacles around the world.

Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and chief operating officer Cheryl Sandberg were both so bent on growing Facebook that they "ignored warning signs and then sought to hide them from public view", the report said.

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A report published by the New York Times on Wednesday claimed Facebook had hired Definers Public Affairs, an opposition research company led by Romney-Ryan 2012 and Jeb!

Facebook responded by lobbying a Jewish civil rights group - the Anti-Defamation League - to publicly label that criticism as anti-Semitic, the Times said. But to suggest that they knew about Russian interference and either tried to ignore it or prevent investigations into what had happened is grossly unfair.

According to the report, Sandberg oversaw an aggressive lobbying campaign to counter the public backlash against the company, after an onslaught of scandals involving Russian misinformation, privacy violations and the viral spread of hateful messages.

Facebook hired a Republican opposition research firm to discredit activists critical of the social network, according to the report.

In the letter to Sandberg, Patrick Gaspard, president of Soros' nonprofit Open Society Foundations, accuses Facebook of promoting "distortions" about Soros. Per the NYT, that came in response to comments Cook make slamming Facebook in an MSNBC interview earlier this year in the wake of revelations that Cambridge Analytica improperly obtained info on millions of Facebook users.

Facebook claims it catches more than "95 percent of nudity, fake accounts and graphic violence" before it's reported by users.

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