Faceberg: ‘Oops’

“oops,” said Internet power-user Mark Faceberg.

Shorter Faceberg: I Know Nothing!

Mark Faceberg is trying to distance himself from a NYTimes report that Facebook hired a right-wing firm to smear its critics:

“Facebook . . . used Definers to take on bigger opponents, such as Mr. Soros, a longtime boogeyman to mainstream conservatives and the target of intense anti-Semitic smears on the far right. A research document circulated by Definers to reporters this summer, just a month after the House hearing, cast Mr. Soros as the unacknowledged force behind what appeared to be a broad anti-Facebook movement. . . . Definers pressed reporters to explore the financial connections between Mr. Soros’s family or philanthropies and groups that were members of Freedom from Facebook, such as Color of Change, an online racial-justice organization, as well as a progressive group founded by Mr. Soros’s son. (An official at Mr. Soros’s Open Society Foundations said the philanthropy had supported both member groups, but not Freedom from Facebook, and had made no grants to support campaigns against Facebook.)”

On Thursday, Faceberg said that the company was cutting ties with Definers.

“As soon as I read it, I looked at whether this was the type of firm that we wanted to work with and we stopped working with them,” Zuckerberg said. He said Definers’ tactics are “the sort of thing that might be normal in Washington” but that they are “not the kind of thing we want to be involved with here.”

Unbelievably, Faceberg claimed that neither he nor Vulpina, er, Sheryl Sandberg knew about Definers’ work for Facebook in spite of  the fact that Sandberg is in charge of the PR effort to go after critics.

In a FB post on Thursday night, Sandberg said that “to suggest that we weren’t interested in knowing the truth” about Russian meddling in 2016, “or we wanted to hide what we knew, or that we tried to prevent investigations, is simply untrue. The allegations saying I personally stood in the way are also just plain wrong.”

“I did not know we hired them or about the work they were doing, but I should have. I have great respect for George Soros — and the anti-Semitic conspiracy theories against him are abhorrent.”

Both Faceberg and Sandberg are Jewish, so, you know, the Soros smear was really appalling on many levels.

So who hired Definers? That should not be difficult to find out! There’s an invoice somewhere, and every invoice has a contract number associated with it, and every contract has an approval.

Facebook’s board also said in a statement on Thursday that criticisms of how it handled the Russia situation are “unfair.” Note that they did not say untrue.

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Here’s the thing: we’ve known for a while that Facebook is an unregulated media platform, and they are trying to not take any responsibility for what they publish. They should be held to the exact same standards, rules, and regulations as any other media company.

Update 1: Just Log Out

Update 2: MIT morning email thingie:

Outrage at Facebook is growing—yet again—over its dirty tricks PR campaign
+ Zuckerberg says he didn’t hire Definers Public Affairs. So who did? (The Guardian)
+ Facebook’s top advertisers have criticized it for having “absolutely no morals.”(NYT)
+ Zuckerberg apparently told employees to use Android phones after Apple CEO Tim Cook criticized Facebook. (The Verge)

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3 Responses to Faceberg: ‘Oops’

  1. ming says:

    I may be a Luddite but the more I know the happier I am that I don’t Facebook and never have.

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  2. Honestly he’s starting to strike me in the same way someone described Elon Musk recently : “He’s the kind of person who would design an electric wheelchair, feature-creep it into a Dalek and not see the problem with that

    That came to me yesterday watching a teevee commercial for Faceberg’s new 1984 Telescreen err, creepy surveillance tool I mean ‘Portal’ .

    Amazon has their Echo, which they use to sell you stuff.
    Facetime has their Portal, which they use to sell you.

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