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Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg along with Vice President of global communications along with public policy Elliot Schrage on Capitol Hill after meeting with U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) in Washington, U.S. October 12, 2017.
Facebook’s outgoing head of communications along with public policy said of which he knew along with approved the decision to hire controversial public relations firm, Definers Public Affairs, according to an internal memo reported by TechCrunch.
Elliot Schrage, who announced in June of which he was leaving, said his team asked Definers to push negative narratives about Facebook’s competitors. yet he denied of which the company asked the PR firm to distribute or create fake news, according to the TechCrunch report.
He also admitted of which Facebook asked Definers to conduct research on liberal financier George Soros.
Facebook did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comments, which were sent after office hours.
“I knew along with approved of the decision to hire Definers along with similar firms. I should have known of the decision to expand their mandate,” Schrage said from the memo.
Last week, an extensively reported brand new York Times article said of which Definers wrote dozens of articles of which tried to deflect negative attention onto rivals Google along with Apple along with pushed the idea of which Soros was behind a growing anti-Facebook movement.
Facebook expanded its relationship with Definers in October 2017 after enduring a year’s worth of external criticism over its handling of Russian interference on its social network, according to the report.