The social media hate war continues with countering reactions from the social media giants. The latest to come out in the open is the admittance of Facebook about probing the reasons for the outburst made by billionaire philanthropist George Soros against the social media giant calling it disreputable at the recently concluded World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland.
The admission came in the wake of a story published by New York Times on Thursday about Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg directing senior executives involved with communications and policy making to conduct the Soros’ probe. The reason was to ascertain if Soros had any vested interests in making the snide remarks. The Times had provided three sources as the basis of their story but failed to give names.
A Facebook spokesman revealed that details of Soros’ trading activity and investment pattern with regard to Facebook were being scrutinized when they received directions from Sandberg for doing the same. She wanted to ascertain if any of his investments in Facebook were made short by him and whether he would profit in any way by making adverse comments against them. Soros had lambasted the social media calling it a menace and had criticized Facebook in the beginning of the year 2018.
These things came to light when a scrutiny was being conducted by Times into the hiring of ‘Definers Public Affairs’, a firm affiliated to the Republicans by Facebook to disseminate falsehoods about individuals criticizing them. George Soros name was present on that list. However, Facebook denied hiring the in-house services of the firm’s fake news shop.
Elliot Schrage, the departing chief of communications had taken the responsibility for the Definers fiasco; however, the statement issued by Facebook stated that it was Sandberg who had said that she was wholly responsible for any happening during her tenure.