NYT columnist faces conflict of interest accusations after singing praise of Facebook ‘Groups’ feature in tech giant’s blog post

New York Times writer

New York Times writer David Brooks has come under fire for a potential conflict of interest after penning a blog post for Facebook’s corporate site while a project he helped to found accepted money from the social media giant.

A 900-word post by Brooks appeared on a company’s blogging platform on Tuesday, stressing the importance of “trust” in online communities in a thinly veiled promotion of Facebook’s “Groups” feature. The piece coincided with a new study on Groups, funded by the company, which Brooks went on to endorse in a Facebook-hosted video panel appearance on the same day, according to a report in BuzzFeed News on Friday.

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