Nov 15, 2018

Facebook accused of dark PR tactics

Facebook faces a new controversy over alleged tactics it used to discredit its critics, embarrass rival firms and downplay problems at the company. The newspaper said PR firm Definers had circulated a document suggesting Mr Soros was the hidden backer of anti-Facebook movement Freedom from Facebook. Responding to the article, Facebook said it had wanted to show that Freedom From Facebook was "Not simply a spontaneous grassroots campaign" and that the movement was "Supported by a well-known critic of our company". After a New York Times article revealed that Facebook had undeclared deals with phone-makers to share user data with them, the company set up focus groups to test how it should react. The Open Society Foundations president, Mr Gaspard, said Facebook had used tactics "Out of Putin's playbook" that had "No place in an important debate about the integrity of our elections".

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