Cofounder of LinkedIn apologizes for contributing to spreading false news

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Cofounder of LinkedIn apologizes for contributing to spreading false news The executive director and founder of LinkedIn Corp., Reid Hoffman (standing), speaks during a plenary session of the first day of the 40th Economic Forum in Davos (Switzerland). EFE / Archive

 Billionaire co-founder of LinkedIn Reid Hoffman today publicly apologized for donating money to a group that allegedly dedicated himself to spreading false information against the Republican candidate in the Alabama state Senate elections.

In a post on his personal blog, Hoffman denied that he had knowledge that the organization to which he donated $ 750,000, American Engagement Technologies (AET), had participated in the spread of fake news online, but admitted “having learned a lesson” and he apologized.

The co-founder of the social network dedicated to the professional world responded to the information published last week by “The New York Times” according to which AET created a Facebook page of apparently conservative trend that was dedicated to spreading false information to undermine the Republican candidate.

That election, held on December 12, 2017, was marked by a high degree of national attention after several women accused the Republican candidate, Roy Moore, of having sexually abused them in the past, and finally declared himself the winner. the Democratic challenger, Doug Jones.

“I categorically disapprove of the use of false information to decant an election, if I had been aware of it, I would not have donated to a project that planned to use these tactics and I would have refused to invest in any organization that carried out that project,” Hoffman said. .

Since the victory of Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, which he considers a “threat” to the country, the co-founder of LinkedIn has been intensely involved in politics in favor of the Democratic Party, whose candidates and related organizations have donated millions of dollars. dollars. (EFEUSA) .-

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