Business Facebook’s Board Wrote Soros’ Foundation A Letter Fully Supporting Sheryl Sandberg Published 5 days ago on December 6, 2018 By Frank Couper Share Tweet Facebook’s board is putting its full support behind chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, writing in a letter first reported by the Wall Street Journal Wednesday that her call to research billionaire Facebook-critic George Soros “was entirely appropriate given her role as COO.” The social media company came under fire last month after a searing New York Times investigation reported that it knew of Russia’s 2016 election meddling (which Facebook denies) and that it hired a public relations firm that attacked Soros, stoking anti-Semitic sentiment. Sandberg, who is also Jewish, terminated Facebook’s relationship with the Definers, claiming that she didn’t know about the PR firms efforts. She further emphasized in a memo “that it was never anyone’s intention to play into an anti-Semitic narrative against Mr. Soros or anyone else… The idea that our work has been interpreted as anti-Semitic is abhorrent to me — and deeply personal.” Facebook did confirm, however, that Sandberg asked subordinates to research whether Soros was shorting the company’s stock after he publicly accused the tech giant of being “monopolistic” in January. However, Patrick Gaspard, the president of Soros’ Open Society Foundation, publicly disagreed with this narrative. He published a letter on Twitter Tuesday alleging that Sandberg “did not speak in good faith” about her ignorance of Definer’s tactics. The next day, Facebook’s board sent its letter backing Sandberg to Gaspard, emphasizing that since Soros had openly called Facebook a “menace to society,” it made sense that staff would try to determine the “motivations deriving the criticism, financial or otherwise.” Buzzfeed reports that Sandberg tried to talk to Soros about the Definers report, but that her phone message went unanswered. A source told Buzzfeed that Soros hadn’t called back due to travel. “When Ms. Sandberg contacted you on November 15, she told you, truthfully, that she had not known about the work done by the Definers public relations firm related to Mr. Soros,” the board wrote in a letter that can be read in full on CNET. “Ms. Sandberg has also made clear that she takes full responsibility for any work done on her watch, and she and Mr. Zuckerberg have ordered a full review of the company’s work with communications consultants. Facebook and Soros’ Open Society Foundation did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Thursday. This story was originally published by Fortune Share this:Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window) Related Related Topics:BriefingFacebookGeorge SorosMark ZuckerbergSheryl SandbergTech Up Next How to use the ECG feature on Apple Watch Series 4 Don't Miss Facebook defends Mark Zuckerberg’s exposed emails Continue Reading You may like Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer Granted Bail in Canada in Extradition Case That Has Roiled U.S.-China Relations Lawmakers Grill Google CEO Sundar Pichai. But He Emerges Merely Singed Fatal Uber Self-Driving Car Accident Could Have Been Prevented, Says Former Manager Follow Us On Flipboard Magazine. Latest U.S. Politics19 mins ago Celebs hawking Cîroc vodka didn’t mention paid ad deal: FTC Sean “Diddy” Combs helped to make Cîroc a best-selling vodka — but he and scores of other celebs never said... Business1 hour ago How Eddie Redmayne Inspired Glossier’s Best-Selling Cleanser Glossier, the hit e-commerce beauty brand that recently opened a flagship store in New York, announced Tuesday that it will... Local2 hours ago Meng Wanzhou: Trump could intervene in case of Huawei executive Image copyright Reuters Image caption Meng Wanzhou has said she will contest allegations of fraud Donald Trump says he could... Local3 hours ago ‘If you Google the word idiot, a picture of Donald Trump comes up?’ Google’s Chief executive Sundar Pichai went in front of US Congress to defend his company to lawmakers. He faced questions... Entertainment3 hours ago Duchess Meghan Gives a Sweet Nod to Father-in-Law Prince Charles Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on stage during The Fashion Awards 2018Tristan Fewings/BFC/Getty Images A sweet statement! Duchess Meghan gave a... Most Read Local1 week ago Wilder v Fury: Stunning draw in the WBC world heavyweight title fight Sports5 days ago Maurizio Sarri is steering Chelsea away from top four for second year running unless these changes are made, says Adrian Durham Sports5 days ago Who are the two best central defenders in the world?