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    Exec Admits Facebook Asked PR Firm to Investigate Soros

    In a blog post yesterday, outgoing communications and policy chief Elliot Schrage said he’d hired the GOP-linked Definers Public Affairs to carry out “opposition research” on the company’s critics, particularly progressive philanthropist George Soros. Schrage said the firm helped Facebook, which he believed was “singled out for criticism,” respond to “unfair claims.” But a damning New York Times report detailing an apparent campaign to discredit Soros — as well as other dubious company practices — reflected poorly on CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg. Both denied knowing about that effort.

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