Shortly after the speech, Sandberg reportedly emailed staffers to investigate why Soros criticised Facebook, and if he stood to gain anything financially from the attack.
A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to Buzzfeed that Sandberg had ordered research into the "motivations" behind Soros' speech and had asked that staff look into his trading of Facebook stock.
"Sheryl never directed research on Freedom from Facebook", the spokesperson added, referring to an anti-Facebook campaign.
Sheryl Sandberg asked staff at Facebook to research George Soros and his financial ties, according to the New York Times.
Definers "learned that George Soros was funding several of the coalition members", Elliot Schrage, Facebook's outgoing head of communications and policy, said in a statement last week.
Facebook told The Post on Thursday that the research on Soros had begun before Sandberg sent out the email. Sandberg, who is also Jewish, denied charges of anti-Semitism.
During Sandberg's meeting with Color of Change, she said Facebook will devote the resources needed to execute the civil rights audit and address the findings of it, according to Color of Change.
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But it is Sandberg who oversees Facebook's policy and communications arms, which starting a year ago embarked on a hard-edged lobbying campaign to discredit the company's critics and push back on the growing chorus of voices calling for Facebook and other big tech companies to be broken up or more tightly regulated.
Facebook has stumbled from one mess to another this year as it grapples with continuing fallout from Russia's use of the platform to interfere in the 2016 United States presidential election, the Cambridge Analytica scandal in which user data was harnessed in a bid to help candidate Donald Trump, and a huge security breach involving millions of accounts.
Some have called on Sandberg to be fired.
Schrage has been at Facebook for a decade and announced his departure in June.
Months later, Facebook hired Definers Public Affairs, a firm founded by Republican operatives, to help manage two scandals: Russian efforts to use Facebook to disseminate misinformation during the 2016 presidential campaign, and the explosive allegations surrounding Cambridge Analytica and the misuse of Facebook users' personal data.
"Responsibility for these decisions rests with leadership of the Communications team", Schrage said. Her directive was previously reported by the New York Times.
Roger Kay, an analyst and consultant at Endpoint Technologies Associates who follows the tech sector, said the moves by Facebook and Sandberg showed "extraordinarily poor judgment" from a corporate governance view.