Facebook Pushed Antisemitic Fake News

Facing a string of crises, Facebook hired a PR firm to push conspiracy theories about the billionaire George Soros, who has been highly critical of the firm's role in the 2016 Presidential Election, the New York Times reports today.

News of Facebook’s aggressive attempts to undermine critics came in a damning report by the New York Times, detailing how Facebook executives have struggled to manage the numerous and severe challenges confronting the company, all while lashing out at critics and perceived enemies.

Rashad Robinson, the executive director of one of the groups targeted by the PR campaign, Color of Change, called the antisemitic smear “outrageous and concerning”.

Amid growing pressure from lawmakers over its role in Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, Facebook increasingly turned to Definers Public Affairs, a Washington DC based political consultancy founded by Republican operatives and specializing in opposition research, according to the report.

It's not too long since Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated that 'Holocaust Deniers Deserve A Voice" ...

[Context : George Soros is a Jewish philanthropist who is the frequent subject of antisemitic conspiracy theories. Soros, who was born in Hungary in 1930 and made a vast fortune as an investor, is a major funder of liberal and pro-democratic causes. He has long been the target of antisemitic attacks from the rightwing fringes, but such conspiracy mongering has been increasingly adopted by mainstream Republicans.]