Leah Milli believes Facebook contributed to an anti-Semitic smear of George Soros and further pushed false narratives that people like the synagogue shooter subscribed to. “Facebook is a net negative force in the world” says Milli. She believes Zuckerberg passed the buck by saying he didn’t know about the PR company responsible. It’s also unlikely COO Sandberg, who oversees PR, didn’t know about it. Zuckerberg also failed to recognize the anti-Semitic overtones and was generally unapologetic.
- Do you believe Zuckerberg when he said he didn’t know about the PR firm’s activities?
- Is Facebook a “net negative” force in the world?
- Is Facebook less ethical than your average Fortune 500 company?
- Facebook’s public relations firm this summer tried to discredit the company’s critics by linking them to financier George Soros, The New York Times reported.
- The tactic has anti-Semitic overtones – far-right groups have long peddled similar conspiracy theories in which Soros, a Jew who survived the Holocaust, is the shadowy figure behind all kinds of different policies, groups, and activities.
- Those broader Soros conspiracy theories reportedly roused the alleged gunman in the recent mass shooting in Pittsburgh and the man who last month allegedly sent pipe bombs to Soros and other left-wing critics of President Trump.
- Company CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday he wasn’t aware of Facebook’s relationship with the PR firm or its activities, and the social networking giant has now cancelled its contract with the firm.
- But Zuckerberg and Facebook declined to repudiate the firm’s use of the Soros smear or acknowledge its ant-Semitic links.
- The shameful incident ought to lead to resignations at the top of Facebook, starting with Zuckerberg and his top lieutenant, Sheryl Sandberg.
There was good reason to think that Facebook is a net negative force in the world for a while now.
But playing fast and loose with anti-Semitism is an outrageous new low for the company. And the company’s leaders should start with CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, who allegedly oversaw Facebook’s efforts to discredit critics, including a well-worn anti-Semitic tactic.
Anti-Semitism is real, rising and dangerous. You don’t have to look any further than last month’s mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh to see that.
But that’s exactly what Facebook did. Worse still, Zuckerberg tried to explain it away when he was given a chance on Wednesday to own and repudiate what the company did.
This summer, as the company faced growing criticism over the Cambridge Analytica scandal and other fiascos, Facebook hired Definers Public Affairs to try to turn attention elsewhere, The New York Times reported in a blockbuster article Wednesday. A key part of Definers’ strategy was to link billionaire financier George Soros to the coalition of public-interest groups that had come together to urge regulators to check the Facebook’s power, according to the report.