Enter George Soros -- billionaire, philanthropist, Holocaust survivor, and (despite what Alex Jones and Roseanne Barr might tell you) definitely not a Nazi. After Soros called Facebook a "menace" to democracy that needed to be regulated, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg immediately ordered her staff to look into his financial interests, figuring that getting even richer was his only possible motive. Yeah, why would someone who lived through the Nazis be honestly interested in helping preserve democracy? It simply doesn't add up.
Eventually, Facebook pulled out the big guns and hired an opposition research firm called Definers Public Affairs to start spreading reports that Soros was the secret puppet master behind an anti-Facebook group called "Freedom From Facebook." (He wasn't.) It's a complicated situation, so here's a simple explainer:
Somehow, this was the most sober, evenhanded reporting we could find on the story.
The problem is that conspiracy theorists love sharing fake stories about Soros being behind everything from the migrant caravan to their wives leaving them, as well as being part of an evil cabal of Jewish people ruling the world. Recently, a believer in such theories tried to kill Soros with a pipe bomb. Facebook presumably knew this (because a lot of these stories are shared through their site), and they still threw gasoline on the fire.
In the wake of these revelations, Facebook quickly cut ties with Definers Public Affairs, and Sandberg denied knowing about this rogue operation ... until everyone's time for burying bad news, Thanksgiving Eve, when she confirmed that OK, yeah, she knew everything. Anyway, if someone ever tells you we're using all of our internet media billions to fund anti-Facebook campaigns, please refer them to the previous entry in this article.