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Facebook comms team fuming over Sandberg’s response to smear campaign



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Employees at Facebook are fuming at COO Sheryl Sandberg for after
they were thrown under the bus over a smear campaign targeting
the company’s critics, including the billionaire George
Soros, according to the
Wall Street Journal

Last week, a bombshell New York Times report exposed the
company’s chaotic leadership, and
detailed Facebook’s
involvement with a public-relations firm called Definers Public
, which it said disseminated research to journalists
linking the billionaire George Soros to anti-Facebook movements
in the wake of fallout over the Cambridge Analytica

Though Sandberg, 49, has long had broad control over
Facebook teams that control communications
and policy, both she and CEO Mark Zuckerberg have
denied knowledge of the company’s involvement with
Zuckerberg directly blamed Facebook’s
communications team, and
Sandberg admitted that she “
have” known
that the firm was hired and the nature of the
work they were conducting. 

Sources familiar with the matter told the Wall Street
Journal that many people on teams under Sandberg’s watch were
angry over Sandberg’s comments, given how closely Sandberg
managed Facebook’s media strategy, even involving herself in
wording changes.

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On Friday, Sandberg said during an internal Q&A session that
she took full responsibility for the communications team and
their actions, the Journal added. 

Facebook cut ties with Definers

 less than 24 hours
after The Times’ story broke. 

Zuckerberg blamed
Sandberg for public outcry over the Cambridge Analytica scandal
earlier this year
, sources told the Journal, contributing to
confrontations with Sandberg and other top Facebook executives.

Isobel Asher Hamilton contributed to this

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