According to new reports, social media juggernaut Facebook has admitted of having hired a PR Firm in order to malign Google by spreading negative publicity about its privacy features.
The matter came into the public domain after one blogger published the emails exchanged between him and a PR Firm on the issue.
As reports are indicating, the blogger named, Christopher Soghoian, who covers mostly about internet security, was approached by the executives from Burson-Marsteller, the PR Firm in question.
Burson-Marsteller reportedly urged Mr. Soghoian to have an in-depth look about Google’s privacy policies in exchange of which, the firm promised him to have the article published on reputed websites such as The Washington Post and The Huffington Post.
The firm allegedly went even as far as saying, “The American people must be made aware of the now immediate intrusions into their deeply personal lives Google is cataloguing and broadcasting every minute of every day - without their permission.”
But apparently, they could not convince Soghoian to join the smear campaign as according to him the company was exaggerating the issue way too much. He then went onto publishing the emails exchanged with the firm in order to expose the entire smear campaign.
However, both Facebook and Google could not be reached for their reactions on the story.