A Statement on Our Past Work in Latin America

CLS News
September 4, 2020

A Statement on Our Past Work in Latin America

We take very seriously the issues raised by Facebook and others regarding CLS’ past advertising in Latin America.  We are conducting an internal investigation aided by the law firm Latham and Watkins to examine these issues. This will also determine steps necessary to ensure future work of CLS meets the highest standards of transparency and advertising platforms, which is what clients expect from us. While this investigation is ongoing, the head of our Latin American practice will be on administrative leave.  Importantly, our past client work in Latin America, including opposition to oppressive regimes, was not conducted on behalf of foreign entities – the work was funded and directed by clients inside each country. This makes CLS’s work very different from the foreign influence activities reported by Facebook, and any characterization of CLS’ work in the countries at issue as “foreign” is wrong. 

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