Facebook tried to plant negative stories about Google

Social networking company admits to hiring PR firm to tarnish Google’s image


Newly released emails show Facebook has been paying a top public relations firm, Burson-Marsteller, to plant negative stories in major U.S. media about Google’s privacy policies. The smear campaign was brought to light after a blogger posted an email exchange between himself and a Burson-Marsteller employee who had offered to help him to write an anti-Google op-ed. Chris Soghoian, a prominent internet security blogger challenged the company’s assertion that Social Circle, a new Google feature, was a privacy threat and accused them of “making a mountain out of a molehill.”

The Guardian

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Facebook tried to plant negative stories about Google

  1. This is rich; Facebook criticizing another company for having a bad privacy policy. That is the ultimate in the pot calling the kettle black.

  2. Facebook is cancer. I so hope to see the day when this social scourge collapses. Even our language is changing to adapt Facebook terms. Makes me sick.
    My Space and Friendster were once big. MSN chat rooms were big a decade ago. I remain hopeful that Facebook will wither like those services did.

    • Did you say wither?  Your Farmville crops are in trouble, too, eh? 

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