Facebook's Sandberg says she takes 'full responsibility' for comms team work
In response to outgoing Facebook Head of Communications and Policy Elliot Schrage's comments on Facebook's work with PR firm Definers, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said that she takes "full responsibility" for the communications team's work and the PR firms who work for Facebook. "When I read the story in New York Times last week, I didn't remember a firm called Definers," Sandberg said. "I asked our team to look into the work Definers did for us and to double-check whether anything had crossed my desk. Some of their work was incorporated into materials presented to me and I received a small number of emails where Definers was referenced. I also want to emphasize that it was never anyone's intention to play into an anti-Semitic narrative against Mr. Soros or anyone else. Being Jewish is a core part of who I am and our company stands firmly against hate. The idea that our work has been interpreted as anti-Semitic is abhorrent to me - and deeply personal. I know this has been a distraction at a time when you're all working hard to close out the year - and I am sorry. As I said at the All Hands, I believe so deeply in the work we do and feel so grateful to all of you for doing so much every day. Thanksgiving seems like the right time to say a big thank you once again."