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Facebook board backs Sandberg's handling of research into George Soros -WSJ

Dec 5 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's board backed Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg's handling of research into investor George Soros, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing a letter from the board.

Sandberg was being truthful when she said she did not know that the social network hired a public-relations firm to explore Soros's criticisms of the company, the WSJ reported.

Sandberg's request to probe whether Soros shorted Facebook stock was "entirely appropriate," the Journal https://on.wsj.com/2SqeTeG reported, citing the letter.

Facebook was not immediately available for comment. (Reporting by Laharee Chatterjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D'Silva)