British lawmakers released 250 pages of documents this week revealing just how insidious Facebook’s motives are in the war of private data and control of users. Despite its claims to the contrary, it was proved this week that Facebook does in fact sell users’ data, leading to nefarious use by political data companies, and that data is clearly being used to manipulate elections. So much for the “free and secure” Internet. Look soon for Congress to step in with deep regulations.
Here’s more from Fox News…
Facebook is the villain and finally people know it.
About 250 pages of highly confidential documents and company emails that shed light on Facebook’s attitude towards its customers, were released by a British lawmaker this week. But before we dive into that, let’s take a step back and remember Facebook’s first big public scandal.
Last March, the New York Times, along with the Guardian and the Observer in London, uncovered documents proving that the political data firm Cambridge Analytica had improperly acquired data from Facebook. Aleksandr Kogan, a data scientist, had developed an app and given the user data information to Cambridge Analytica. Facebook allowed this app to not only collect data from the app users, but also their friends, resulting in Cambridge Analytica acquiring data from millions of different Facebook users.
The Trump campaign employed Cambridge Analytica in 2016 and it therefore has been painted as some dark ops firm that stole Americans’ privacy for the benefit of the highest paying conservative candidate, who then used it to steal victory from Hillary Clinton through manipulation, fraud, hacking and mystery.