Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Facebook admits to hiring company to smear Google

updated 10:40 am EDT, Thu May 12, 2011

Facebook hires PR firm for Google smear campaign

Facebook has admitted to hiring a PR firm to put smear stories into the media about Google, with whom it has a long-standing conflict. The Daily Beast reported that Facebook tried to justify the move by saying Google's actions are raising privacy concerns and resents that Google tried to use Facebook data for its own social networking service. The firm hired by Facebook, Burson-Marsteller, suggested Google's Social Circle offering violates Google's agreement with the FTC by scraping private user data.

"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," Burson wrote as part of the attack.

Content in "secondary connections" in Google's Social Circle is pulled from Facebook. Facebook believes this violates its terms of service when it uses member data this way.

The two companies are fighting over the largest piece of the online advertising pie. Facebook's information on its users lets them sell targeted advertising, which is what Google has been doing for years.



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

  1. wrenchy

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Nov 2009

    +1

    Zuckerberg is a weasel


    This little punk will get his one day.

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Logitech Hyperion Fury mouse

Selecting the correct gaming mouse comes down to finding a device that balances the needs of a user with a price they can afford. Ofte ...

Life n Soul BM211 Bluetooth speaker

Bluetooth speakers aren't only for listening to some music at the park or on a long bus ride, but can also be built with tablets in mi ...

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 projector

With high-definition televisions now the standard, 4K televisions becoming the next big thing, and plasma TVs going the way of the din ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News