Outgoing Facebook exec takes the fall for targeting critics

Facebook’s outgoing head of communications has taken the blame for working with a Washington, DC public affairs firm that spread opposition research about the social media company’s critics.

“Responsibility for these decisions rests with leadership of the Communications team. That’s me,” Elliot Schrage wrote in an internal memo on Tuesday. “Mark and Sheryl relied on me to manage this without controversy,” Schrage said. Facebook made the statement public on Wednesday evening.

Schrage announced earlier this year that he would be leaving the company.