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Facebook admits it conducted opposition research on Soros, other critics

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Facebook‘s outgoing head of communications is taking the blame for hiring Definers, the public relations firm doing opposition research on the company’s critics, including billionaire philanthropist George Soros.

In a Facebook post that went up late Wednesday, Elliot Schrage said the responsibility to hire Definers rests with him and that he approved the decision to hire it and similar firms.

Schrage provided his explanation in a message sent Tuesday to Facebook’s employees, but the company waited until late Wednesday to publicly share it at a time when most people in its home country were focusing on the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also didn’t mention Schrage’s role in hiring and working with Definers in an interview with CNN aired late Tuesday.

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Definers’ link to the Menlo Park, Calif., company was exposed in a story published by the New York Times earlier this month.

Schrage has been at Facebook for a decade and announced his departure in June. In the post, Schrage acknowledged that Facebook asked Definers « to do work » on Soros after he called Facebook a « menace to society » in a January speech. Definers also helped respond to what Schrage described as unfair claims about the company.

« We had not heard such criticism from him before and wanted to determine if he had any financial motivation, » said Schrage.

>> Read : Facebook admits it conducted opposition research on Soros, other critics

Source : CBC

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