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On Tuesday, USA Today reported that two reps for PR firm Burson-Marsteller were attempting to plant negative stories about Google, claiming that its Social Circle feature violates privacy and FTC rules. Burson’s client was a mystery, although some suspected Apple or Microsoft of the underhanded tactics. But The Daily Beast has just discovered that the company was, in fact, Facebook.
A Facebook spokesman, when confronted with evidence, confirmed to The Daily Beast that his company had secretly hired Burson.