Facebook Says They Weren't Trying to 'Smear' Anyone

The Atlantic Wire's Adam Clark Estes notes that the blame game between Facebook and Google is just getting started over a story that broke Thursday alleging Facebook executives hired Burson-Marsteller to spread rumors about Google's privacy policies. Speaking to the Huffington Post, Facebook denied that a smear campaign was authorized.

Hiring a PR firm to help write and disseminate negative blog posts about Google certainly sounds like a smear campaign. Burson fessed up to the wrong-doing this morning and pushed blame onto Facebook for requiring them to hide the name of their client. Without casting too much judgment on anyone--PR companies are great at that--Burson said, "Whatever the rationale, this was not at all standard operating procedure and is against our policies, and the assignment on those terms should have been declined."

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