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Meta Platforms chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg extinguished two articles about her controversial ex-boyfriend, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

Sandberg allegedly contacted MailOnline, the Daily Mail’s digital edition, in 2016 and 2019 to quash stories unearthing a temporary restraining order against Kotick. The restraining order was reportedly issued in March 2014 after Kotick harassed his ex-girlfriend at her home, and it was dissolved in April of that same year.

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Meta has reportedly enlisted a major Republican consulting firm to ramp up public pressure on rival social media giant TikTok.

According to a new report by the Washington Post on Wednesday, the Facebook parent company has paid the consulting firm, Targeted Victory, to launch a national campaign that includes placing op-eds in regional news outlets and pushing for unfavorable news coverage of TikTok. Much of the content promoted by Targeted Victory has looked to highlight criticisms about how the Culver City-based video-sharing app allegedly endangers children.

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