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Facebook Loses Face Against Google

submitted on May 13, 2011 by CouponNut in "Member's Lounge"
It never seems to end, when it comes to rivalry of Facebook vs. Google. Yesterday, Facebook got busted admitting that they secretly hired a PR firm to spread negative stories about Google violating user privacy.

The PR firm, Burson-Marsteller, even offered to help blogger Chris Soghoian write a critical op-ed piece about Social Circle -- a service that allows Gmail users to access information on so-called "secondary connections," or friends of their friends. Social Circle, in fact, seems to have been at the epicenter of Facebook's smear campaign. In a pitch to journalists, Burson described the tool in borderline apocalyptic terms:
The American people must be made aware of the now immediate intrusions into their deeply personal lives Google is cataloging and broadcasting every minute of every day-without their permission.

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    Posted by YanBz on May 13, 2011
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    NPR interviewed a PR firm rep today who said everyone is doing it and Facebook just got caught because they have no experience with this stuff. He then went on explaining that usually the company funds a non-profit who then runs the smear campaign (certain non-profits don't have to disclose investors). Such a dirty business if you ask me! I don't even want to know about it
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    Posted by CouponNut on May 13, 2011 [reply] 1 1
    Unfortunately living between Google & Facebook, we have no choice but to hear all the dirt going on in the news here and of course Mark Zucks!

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