Facebook is the largest social media platform in the world which has helped connect over 2.2 billion people in the world. It is like a global nation with people sharing millions of photos and videos every second. Last year, the security chief of the company, Alex Stamos had informed board members of not containing Russian infestation. It was a direct attack at Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg.
Apparently, Mr. Stamos’ team had discovered earlier that Russian hackers had sent messages to journalists. These messages contained information from leaked emails which could be used during the American elections. However, Zuckerberg had denied that fake news on Facebook had anything to do with Trump being elected President.
With billions of people connected on Facebook, the platform could be used to facilitate attacks and dangerous political campaigns across the world. Moreover, the company was under a lot of pressure early this year for compromising the privacy of millions of its users. The Cambridge Analytica scandal resulted in a huge backlash and stocks of Facebook dipped majorly. Zuckerberg issued a public apology post the scandal. However, Ms Sandberg took a more aggressive step.
To deflect the blame, Facebook went after a group called Freedom from Facebook. Moreover, Facebook employed a Public Relations firm in order to drag critics through the mud. The firm which is called Definers Public Affairs, specializes in bringing down an opposition through intensive research. It is a Republican firm and is most commonly used in political campaigns. Definers apparently dug-out evidence which connected George Soros with the hate group.
George Soros is infamously known for being the target of right-wing and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. Facebook did not stop here. It also lobbied a Jewish civil rights group to cast some criticism of the company as anti-Semitic. According to The Times, the group, Freedom from Facebook carried in Congress, “aloft signs depicting Ms. Sandberg and Ms. Zuckerberg, who are both Jewish, as two heads of an octopus stretching around the globe.”
Social media was quickly flooded with anti-Facebook sentiments.
As a guy who's been lied to and about by Facebook in the past, and remained fair and tried to give them credit when due anyway, I'm just aghast.
Hiring someone to claim your protesters are paid by Soros is just… beyond the pale disgraceful corruption.https://t.co/Vwr3dC8v1c
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) November 14, 2018
This story has been 6 months in the making. It started with a question: What happened inside Facebook over the last 3 years, and what did top executives, Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, do in the wake of crisis after crisis battering the company? https://t.co/N6kaDNqfj6
— Sheera Frenkel (@sheeraf) November 14, 2018
However, Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg remain at the company’s top, while Mr. Stamos and other high-profile executives have left after disputes over Facebook’s priorities. Zuckerberg has said in many interviews that he has no plans of stepping down. He holds 60% of voting shares in the company.
By Abhishek Aggarwal