Facebook claims that New York Times article contains several inaccuracies




Facebook has given an extensive statement, in which it deals with the article of The New York Times, which, among other things, revealed that Facebook had hired a company that distributed negative coverage about Apple and Google.

Facebook says, among other things, that contrary to what the article claims, it was not slow to investigate Russian interference in the US presidential election in 2016. “This is not true,” said Facebook . The company says it has taken measures before the elections to limit this interference via Facebook.

The company also says that the order to switch to Android phones is not a response to statements by Apple director Tim Cook about the Cambridge scandal this spring. Cook emphasized the difference in the earnings model between Apple and Facebook, where Apple primarily earns money from hardware and can thus guarantee the privacy of users without endangering sales. Facebook primarily earns money from advertisements, which benefit from being as focused as possible.

In addition, Facebook repeats an earlier statement to The New York Times about taking on Definers, a company that has spread negative messages about Apple and Google via the conservative news site NTK Network. According to the article, that was a strategy from Facebook to divert attention. Facebook claims that it never paid for or ordered negative writing about competitors.

The New York Times published an article in which, based on interviews with fifty people involved, it charted how Facebook’s top people Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg reacted to various crises in recent years.


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