New York Times report alleges Facebook hired Republican operatives to squash protests

The bombshell report claims the tech company hired a Republican opposition research firm to discredit critics and link them to liberal billionaire George Soros.
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Now to a bombshell "The new York Times" report about Facebook and the lengths it went to to battle critics while the company was under fire over data misuse and Russian election meddling. Rebecca Jarvis is here with more on all that. Good morning, Rebecca. Reporter: Good morning, robin. That's right. Some of the biggest jaw droppers in "The New York Times" report that when Facebook faced increased scrutiny over Russian election manipulation and privacy concern, the company took multiple steps to diminish or distort its responsibility. This included hiring a Republican opposition research firm to discredit critics and spread negative stories about competitors like apple and Google. They've now cut ties with that firm according to "The New York Times." And in order to shut down critiques of the company, Facebook also allegedly lobbied and gained support of politicians on both sides of the aisle including democratic senator chuck Schumer. Facebook says this has been a tough time at Facebook and our entire management team has been focused on tackling the issues we face. CEO Mark Zuckerberg and coo Sheryl Sandberg certainly under a lot of pressure. Neither is likely to step down but the company will almost certainly attract more regulatory scrutiny and, robin, it can't be good for employee morale. Certainly a challenging time. Thank you.

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