Zuck reportedly orders Facebook execs to used Android after Apple privacy lashing

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The Times said that when criticism of its belated Russian Federation admission grew, Facebook mounted a lobbying campaign led by Sandberg, pushing negative stories about its political critics and making rival companies like Google and Apple look bad.

Facebook has a semi-official ban on employees using Apple's iPhones - allegedly because of Mark Zuckerberg's ire at Apple CEO Tim Cook.

On Russia, Zuckerberg declared in the fall of 2016 that it was "crazy" to think Facebook had been used to help Donald Trump win the U.S. presidency, but the report said in-house experts knew this not to be the case.

On Wednesday, The New York Times published a scathing exposé covering Facebook's involvement in everything from the Russian Federation investigation to sex trafficking legislation.

Gaspard concluded his letter by asking Sandberg for a sit-down to hear what steps the company plans to take to "remediate the damage done by this deeply misguided - and unsafe effort carried out at Facebook's behest".

Challenges faced by the California-based social network include the fact that people naturally tend to engage with more sensational content that, while perhaps at the edge of violating Facebook policies, are unhealthy for civilized discourse, according to Zuckerberg.

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Facebook said that during the April-to-September period, it doubled the amount of hate speech it detected proactively, compared with the previous six months.

"The intention was to demonstrate that it was not simply a spontaneous grassroots campaign, as it claimed, but supported by a well-known critic of our company", it said in a statement, without naming Soros.

"This staggering report makes clear that Facebook executives will always put their massive profits ahead of the interests of their customers", said Democratic US Rep. David Cicilline in a tweet.

The board of directors issued a statement backing the efforts of Zuckerberg and chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg in responding to influence campaigns. Following the Times investigation, Facebook ended its relationship with Definers, Facebook said in a blog post Thursday. Zuckerberg also promised to start holding quarterly calls to provide updates on how this massive, thorny effort is proceeding - further proof that Facebook is hoping that more openness will help solve its many problems.

"I did not know we hired them or about the work they were doing, but I should have", Sandberg wrote. "To now learn that you were active in promoting these distortions is beyond the pale". The OSF's director, Patrick Gaspard, described the purported smear campaign as "reprehensible" and "threatening the very values underpinning our democracy".

Mark Zuckerberg also said he didn't know Facebook hired Definers.

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