Publicists have been telling their clients that it’s impossible to completely control what the media says — and today’s top story about Facebook epitomizes that.
Facebook has conceded it hired Burson-Marsteller to try to seed anti-Google stories, specifically panning the search giant’s privacy practices, or lack thereof.
A blogger (Christopher Soghoian, pictured) approached by Burson-Marsteller decided to publicize the attempt to seed an an anti-Google story.
Now various hacks are saying that all of this tarnishes Facebook’s reputation among the media.
But outside of journalists and bloggers, does anyone else really care?
Does the social network need to do any further damage control, or is it time to move on?
We’re curious to know your opinion here: What sort of public relations tactic, if any, do you think Facebook ought to utilize here?
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