Facebook has hired public relations firms that have tried to discredit business critics by posing as agents of billionaire George Soros.
George Soros is a Jewish philanthropist who criticizes technology companies that hold monopolies such as Facebook and Google. He described the company as a "monopoly" as a threat to democracy.
Not only about the "monopoly", Facebook has also received pressure and criticism from lawmakers for its role in Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.
According to a report by the New York Times, the many pressures and criticisms of the Californian society pushed Facebook to turn to Definers Public Affairs, a political consultation based in Washington DC founded by Republican cooperatives and specialized in opposition research.
One of the Definers' tactics is to publish dozens of negative articles about other tech companies, including Google and Apple, to try to distract people from Facebook and criticize them.
Permanently post content on NTKNetwork.com, a website that looks like a news site but is actually run by a public relations company. The stories pushed on the NTK network are often taken up by conservative websites like Breitbart.
Another tactic to silence Soros is to broadcast research papers that link Soros to the "huge anti-Facebook movement" and to engage public opinion and journalists to establish financial relations between Soros and groups such as Freedom from Facebook. and Color of Change.
Facebook does not only engage public relations companies to silence critics. Company executives helped silence critics. For example, what has been done by Mark Zuckerberg, general manager of Facebook.
Mark Zuckerberg has asked his employees to stop using Apple products. He asked to replace the iPhone device with Android.
As reported by Mashable, Mark's request to his employee was made after Apple CEO Tim Cook attacked Facebook, claiming that the company was not able to preserve the privacy of its users.
Regarding the New York Times news, Facebook responded: "The New York Times was wrong, said that we had asked the Definers to pay or write articles on behalf of Facebook - or to disseminate information wrong, "wrote Facebook on newsroom.fb.com.
"Our relationship with the Definers is well known to the media - at least because they have sent invitations to hundreds of reporters on several occasions about a major press for us." Defenders encouraged members of the press to consider funding Freedom from Facebook, an anti-Facebook organization, to show that it was not a spontaneous grassroots campaign, as claimed, but was supported by a known critic. "
Commenting on Mark's call to use Android, Facebook said, "We have long encouraged our employees and leaders to use Android because it is the most popular operating system in the world."