The buck stopped with a nameless communications team member unworthy of senior management awareness, apparently... Also see ‘Alarming’: Soros calls for investigation of Facebook after report of a smear campaign | Washington Post. Sheryl Sandberg also noted, in a Facebook post last night: " I did not know we hired them or about the work they were doing, but I should have. I have great respect for George Soros – and the anti-Semitic conspiracy theories against him are abhorrent."
""We absolutely did not pay anyone to create fake news – that they have assured me was not happening. And again, we're doing a thorough look into what happened but they have assured me that we were not paying anyone to either write or promote anything that was false. And that's very important," Sandberg said.Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg: "We absolutely did not pay anyone to create fake news" | CBS
The Times also reported that the firm tried to tie critics of Facebook to George Soros, the billionaire investor and philanthropist – and frequent target of conservative anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.
Sandberg said the firm was hired by "the communications team" and that she only learned about its work from the paper."