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.
“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?