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Facebook board defends COO Sheryl Sandberg

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Facebook's board of directors has defended (COO) Sheryl Sandberg's request to look into billionaire George Soros' alleged interest in tarnishing the image of the

According to a report in CNET on Wednesday, the board said in a letter that Sandberg "asked her staff to look into Soros' financial motivations after he called companies like and a "menace".

"staff immediately initiated research to attempt to understand the motivations driving the criticism, financial or otherwise," read the letter.

"Sandberg's question was entirely appropriate given her role as COO," it added.

A investigation in November suggested that hired a Republican-owned political consulting and PR firm that "dug up dirt on its competitors" including Soros.

hired Definers Public Affairs, a Washington DC-based conservative firm which did PR work for the "and dug up dirt on the company's competitors and its critics", said the report.

Reacting to the report, Facebook and Sandberg denied they had any prior knowledge about this firm.



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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 10:04 IST