As Facebook weathers a public relations crisis following the publication of a New York Times report earlier this month, a civil rights organization reportedly targeted by a consulting firm hired by the social media giant is set to meet with Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg on Thursday over those tactics.
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Color of Change is accusing Facebook of “paying operatives to place stories against us, targeting us with these anti-Semitic and anti-black tropes,” President Rashad Robinson told ABC News.
Facebook did not respond to ABC News’ requests for comment.
The latest controversy comes as Facebook faces mounting international pressure over the platform’s handling of the spread of misinformation following several data breaches.
Here’s how the story is unfolding:
Facebook and opposition research against critics
Color of Change was one of the groups listed in a New York Times article detailing how Facebook failed to effectively combat fake news and Russian political meddling.
Definers Public Affairs, a Republican-linked D.C. consulting firm, was hired by Facebook to look into the financial ties between financier George Soros and groups like Color of Change which received donations from the prominent liberal billionaire.