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14 Nov 2018

Author:
Patrick Gaspard, Open Society Foundations

Facebook’s smear campaign against George Soros—Letter from Open Society President Patrick Gaspard to COO Sheryl Sandberg

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I was shocked to learn from the New York Times that you and your colleagues at Facebook hired a Republican opposition research firm to stir up animus toward George Soros... The notion that your company, at your direction, actively engaged in the same behavior to try to discredit people exercising their First Amendment rights to protest Facebook’s role in disseminating vile propaganda is frankly astonishing... It’s been disappointing to see how you have failed to monitor hate and misinformation on Facebook’s platform... These efforts appear to have been part of a deliberate strategy to distract from the very real accountability problems your company continues to grapple with... I would appreciate the opportunity to discuss this matter with you in person, and to hear what steps you might take to help remediate the damage done by this deeply misguided--and dangerous--effort carried out at Facebook’s behest.

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