As we know, Facebook (and other Republican miscreants) uses holidays to dump bad news, and so Wednesday before Thanksgiving was when the outgoing head of Communication, Elliot Schrage, Facebook’ed that he is falling on the grenade for the company’s work with GOP
rat fuckers, er, opposition researchers Definers. Some tidbits:
“We hired Definers in 2017 as part of our efforts to diversify our DC advisors after the election. Like many companies, we needed to broaden our outreach. We also faced growing pressure from competitors in tech, telcos and media companies that want government to regulate us…”
“Who knew about this work, and who signed off on it? Responsibility for these decisions rests with leadership of the Communications team. That’s me. Mark and Sheryl relied on me to manage this without controversy…”
“Did we ask them to do work on George Soros? Yes. … When the “Freedom from Facebook” campaign emerged as a so-called grassroots coalition, the team asked Definers to help understand the groups behind them. They learned that George Soros was funding several of the coalition members. They prepared documents and distributed these to the press to show that this was not simply a spontaneous grassroots movement.”
Sheryl Sandberg replied:
“Thank you for sharing this, Elliot.”
“…and for getting my ass outta the sling,” she did not add.
Think about this: Facebook confirmed that they asked Definers to “work on Soros” after Soros described Facebook as a “menace on society” last year. The Soros-backed Open Society Foundations tweeted its response (snap!):
My letter to @facebook regarding the smear campaign they paid for and disseminated against George Soros & @OpenSociety as reported by @nickconfessore in the @nytimes. These tactics out of Putin’s playbook have no place in an important debate about the integrity of our elections pic.twitter.com/jF9RhC5vSy— Patrick Gaspard (@patrickgaspard) November 15, 2018
So what more does anyone need to know? Facebook itself is your Facebook Rage Uncle, promoting anti-Semitic conspiracies, and promoting GOP talking points. The far right created Gab so they could have there free speech cesspool, but they could have just stayed on Facebook.