Buzzfeed News He obtained a copy of the report that Facebook commissioned from the consulting firm Definers Public Affairs, which attempts to link the efforts of the “Freedom from Facebook” campaign with liberal philanthropist George Soros.
The May 2018 report is one of at least two files the consulting firm produced for Facebook. He tries to argue that Soros financed the coalition through three very broad points. First, it highlights a “coalition of progressive groups” that make up the “Facebook Freedom” campaign and that have a six-figure advertising budget to advance their message. Second, he notes that some of the members of that coalition were endorsed by Soros’s Open Society Foundation, and finally, he points to statements by Soros that are critical of the social media site.
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Buzzfeed reports that “there is at least one other longer Definers document involving Soros,” and that a spokesperson for the Open Markets Institute has said that Soros has not provided funding for the Freedom from Facebook coalition.
The revelation that Facebook had hired a consultancy to investigate Soros came last month from a long period of time. New York Times report detailing Facebook’s attempts to come to terms with its influence during the 2016 presidential election in the United States. The report revealed that Facebook hired “a Republican opposition research firm to discredit activist protesters, in part by linking them to liberal financier George Soros,” drawing intense criticism, given that Soros is frequently a target of the far-right and anti-Semitic attacks and conspiracy theories.
Facebook said at the time that it had led the group to discuss organized efforts against Facebook, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg did not know who had hired the company and quickly cut ties with the group, while the public relations went out. and the chief of communications, Elliot Schrage, was responsible for hiring the firm. A Facebook spokesperson pointed to Schrage’s post last week and said “there is nothing more to add at this time.”
Updated December 1 at 5:15 pm ET: added facebook statement.