Leaked emails reveal Burson-Marsteller attempted to get USA Today and other titles to write about Google's privacy policies.

This article titled “Facebook paid PR firm to smear Google” was written by Josh Halliday, for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 12th May 2011 14.47 UTC

Facebook has been caught secretly paying a top public relations firm to plant negative stories about Google in the US media.

Burson-Marsteller, one of the world’s largest PR firms, attempted to get USA Today, the Washington Post and other high profile US news outlets to write scaremongering stories about Google’s privacy policies.

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