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Facebook’s head of public policy takes blame for Definers scandal
2018-11-21T09:41:43Z - Jon Porter / The Verge
Facebook’s outgoing head of public policy and communications, Elliot Schrage, has taken the blame for hiring the controversial PR firm Definers that pushed criticism of the social network’s rivals. The admission came in an internal memo obtained by TechCrunch, in which Schrage defended the use of the firm to conduct opposition research. Schrage announced his departure from Facebook well before the Definers scandal, making him a convenient out for the beleaguered company. The use of the firm Definers has drawn fierce criticism after it emerged in a New York Times report that the PR firm had used political campaign tactics to pitch negative stories about Facebook’s competitors including Apple and Google. In an interview last night with CNN, Zuckerberg reiterated that he has no plans to step down personally, or to remove Sheryl Sandberg from her role as the company’s Chief Operating Officer.

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