Oops, Part Infinity

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

What did Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg know and when did she know it? – Yup, looks like Facebook is going full Nixon with an enemies list (well at least one enemy!) and some anti-semitism thrown in for good measure, and then an attempt to have a good rat-eff’ing by a dirty tricks group.

NYTimes tells us

“Sheryl Sandberg asked Facebook’s communications staff to research George Soros’s financial interests in the wake of his high-profile attacks on tech companies.”

“Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, asked for the information in an email to a senior executive in January that was forwarded to other senior communications and policy staff.”

“The email came within days of a blistering speech Mr. Soros delivered that month at the World Economic Forum, attacking Facebook and Google as a ‘menace’ to society and calling for the companies to be regulated.”

“In a statement, Facebook said that the company had already begun researching Mr. Soros when Ms. Sandberg made her request.”


While a Facebook spokesperson maintains that Sandberg did not direct Definers, it now acknowledges that she did in fact request research on Soros following comments he made at the World Economic Forum in January. During a speech, the billionaire said that Facebook and Google were a “menace” to the world and that the “internet monopolies” did not have the will or inclination to protect society.

Two weeks ago, Sandberg told CBS News that she “did not know about or hire” the consulting firm, Definers Public Affairs.

Last week, Sandberg admitted that work produced by the Definers firm was part of materials that crossed her desk.

I also saw a headline from the Financial Times (behind a paywall, so I couldn’t read the article): “Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg asked if George Soros was shorting stock” — and that pretty much answers the question of what Sandberg thought Soros was doing. And maybe I’m reading too much in it, but isn’t that sort of anti-semitic that she thought he was doing it for the Ameros?


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5 Responses to Oops, Part Infinity

  1. w3ski4me says:

    My question I guess is how much Faceburg himself adheres to his Jewish heritage. I truly doubt this was behind his back, totally.
    We can’t blame employees for being Rethugs, but we should be aware of them using company resources to promote rethug-isms and foist them off as discussion.
    On the other hand, I still see that just the mention of “Soros”, is a right wing fear trigger. Bring his name up and they actually “foam at the mouth”, but somehow the Koch Bros never come into their discussion.
    So sad

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  2. RayLay says:

    Both Faceburg and Sandbag would have been ober-kapos given the chance.

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  3. Pyed says:

    So, Sandberg is innocent because she didn’t order the Facebook plant (Faceplant) communication staff to investigate Soros’ financial interests because the communication staff she would have given that order to was already investigating Soros’ financial interests.

    See, this is why I never signed up for Faceplant. Their employees use the same arcane logic as do theirTerms of Service.

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  4. David H Lippman says:

    Zuckerberg should have let the Winklevii run the company.

    Or maybe Brenda Song from the movie. WOWF!

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