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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg summoned by UK lawmakers to give evidence on Cambridge Analytica

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posted on Mar, 20 2018 @ 10:43 AM
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- U.K. members of parliament called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Tuesday to give evidence related to the company's links to political analysis firm Cambridge Analytica.

- Cambridge Analytica has been accused of using data that were harvested from 50 million Facebook profiles, a claim that they deny.

- MP Damian Collins has asked Zuckerberg to give an account "of this catastrophic failure of process" in regards to data being given to Cambridge Analytica.



British lawmakers called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Tuesday to give evidence related to the company's links to political analysis firm Cambridge Analytica.

Media reports published by the U.K. newspaper The Observer and The New York Times on the weekend outlined how 50 million Facebook profiles were mined for data by an app called "thisisyourdigitallife". The data was then transferred to Cambridge Analytica.

The London-based company worked on Facebook ads with President Donald Trump during his election campaign in 2016, where it provided details on American voters. But the data allegedly held by Cambridge Analytica was not used in the 2016 Trump presidential election campaign, the company claims.

So far, Zuckerberg has been silent on the issue but U.K. lawmakers want to hear from him. Damian Collins, a member of parliament, sent a letter to Zuckerberg Tuesday requesting that he appear in front of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee.


Here's the letter:




"The Committee has repeatedly asked Facebook about how companies acquire and hold on to user data from their site, and in particular about whether data had been taken without their consent. Your officials' answers have consistently understated this risk, and have been misleading to the Committee," the letter said.

Collins has asked Zuckerberg to respond by March 26.



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That's all I have to say.

Every organization conspiring against the general public to push their agenda must go to jail!

CNBC


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posted on Mar, 20 2018 @ 10:50 AM
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When Obama was doing this the media was gleeful and star struck by how technical advanced Obama's campaign was. Again and again we see these double standards flaunted blatantly.



posted on Mar, 20 2018 @ 10:53 AM
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I think the UK government is mostly upset that they don't have a monopoly on big data. I suspect the US government will become upset by it as well...but we will likely just hack it or render it moot rather than haul them in front of congress.



posted on Mar, 20 2018 @ 10:57 AM
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The "thisisyourdigitallife" app which collected Facebook data did so in a "legitimate way," the social media firm said. It was created by Cambridge academic Aleksandr Kogan and his company Global Science Research. The app required people to log in with their Facebook details, which is how it collected data. But it also harvested the data of users' friends.


Well, that's it. Closing my fb account.



posted on Mar, 20 2018 @ 10:58 AM
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originally posted by: Thejoncrichton
When Obama was doing this the media was gleeful and star struck by how technical advanced Obama's campaign was. Again and again we see these double standards flaunted blatantly.


Is this case and how Obama used Facebook during his campaigning the same?



posted on Mar, 20 2018 @ 11:00 AM
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originally posted by: bigfatfurrytexan
I think the UK government is mostly upset that they don't have a monopoly on big data. I suspect the US government will become upset by it as well...but we will likely just hack it or render it moot rather than haul them in front of congress.


I think you’re exactly right. I suspect this is all a ploy to wrangle power from private entities back to the bureaucracies that have traditionally had it. They are probably upset they didn’t think of it first.



posted on Mar, 20 2018 @ 11:06 AM
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originally posted by: Thejoncrichton
When Obama was doing this the media was gleeful and star struck by how technical advanced Obama's campaign was. Again and again we see these double standards flaunted blatantly.


Not only did they celebrate they bragged about their database obtained and could be used in future elections. If you're surprised by this you haven't been paying attention. Also, it's not illegal.

Try typing in any interest into Google and see how many ads you get trying to sell you something. Privacy is a lost concept that will never return.



posted on Mar, 20 2018 @ 11:14 AM
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a reply to: vinifalou

I'll just leave this here...



CBS - Trump campaign phased out use of Cambridge Analytica data before election


Cambridge Analytica, a data vendor for the Trump campaign, was phased out during the general election, CBS News reports. The firm is now at the center of reports that it exploited Facebook data and harvested millions of U.S. voter profiles without user authorization during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The Trump campaign never used the psychographic data at the heart of a whistleblower who once worked to help acquire the data's reporting -- principally because it was relatively new and of suspect quality and value. The profiling approach utilized by Cambridge Analytica allowed it to predict the voting likelihoods of individual people based on personality, the firm claimed.

Facebook announced on Friday that the firm -- which is partly owned by billionaire donor Robert Mercer and which was paid $5.9 million by Mr. Trump's 2016 presidential campaign -- has been suspended for violating the social media company's standards and practices.

In late September 2016, Cambridge and other data vendors were submitting bids to the Trump campaign. Then-candidate Trump's campaign used Cambridge Analytica during the primaries and in the summer because it was never certain the Republican National Committee would be a willing, cooperative partner. Cambridge Analytica instead was a hedge against the RNC, in case it wouldn't share its data.

The crucial decision was made in late September or early October when Mr. Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and Brad Parscale, Mr. Trump's digital guru on the 2016 campaign, decided to utilize just the RNC data for the general election and used nothing from that point from Cambridge Analytica or any other data vendor. The Trump campaign had tested the RNC data, and it proved to be vastly more accurate than Cambridge Analytica's, and when it was clear the RNC would be a willing partner, Mr. Trump's campaign was able to rely solely on the RNC.


click link for entire article.
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posted on Mar, 20 2018 @ 11:14 AM
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a reply to: vinifalou

Every organization conspiring against the general public to push their agenda must go to jail!

Forget jail. I think public execution would get the point across.



posted on Mar, 20 2018 @ 11:18 AM
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Not really a surprise. He just dumped a sh*tload of his own stock in his company.

Finally, another rat bastard may go to prison.



posted on Mar, 20 2018 @ 11:22 AM
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a reply to: bigfatfurrytexan

The only thing that happened here is CA sold the data before facebook did/could. That it, they are pissed they got undercut. you really think facebook has any qualms about selling the same info directly to the corp? they are just mad they missed a price point.
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posted on Mar, 20 2018 @ 11:24 AM
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a reply to: smkymcnugget420

i suspect its more that the data was intended solely for use by the CIA/NSA. They are the only ones allowed to have big data. For the rest of us, it'll soon be labelled a "national security" risk.

LOL, some middle aged dude sitting in his apartment in Florida will be raided by DHS for his database that they claim is bringing down democracy.



posted on Mar, 20 2018 @ 11:28 AM
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originally posted by: Xcathdra
a reply to: vinifalou

I'll just leave this here...



CBS - Trump campaign phased out use of Cambridge Analytica data before election


Cambridge Analytica, a data vendor for the Trump campaign, was phased out during the general election, CBS News reports. The firm is now at the center of reports that it exploited Facebook data and harvested millions of U.S. voter profiles without user authorization during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The Trump campaign never used the psychographic data at the heart of a whistleblower who once worked to help acquire the data's reporting -- principally because it was relatively new and of suspect quality and value. The profiling approach utilized by Cambridge Analytica allowed it to predict the voting likelihoods of individual people based on personality, the firm claimed.

Facebook announced on Friday that the firm -- which is partly owned by billionaire donor Robert Mercer and which was paid $5.9 million by Mr. Trump's 2016 presidential campaign -- has been suspended for violating the social media company's standards and practices.

In late September 2016, Cambridge and other data vendors were submitting bids to the Trump campaign. Then-candidate Trump's campaign used Cambridge Analytica during the primaries and in the summer because it was never certain the Republican National Committee would be a willing, cooperative partner. Cambridge Analytica instead was a hedge against the RNC, in case it wouldn't share its data.

The crucial decision was made in late September or early October when Mr. Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and Brad Parscale, Mr. Trump's digital guru on the 2016 campaign, decided to utilize just the RNC data for the general election and used nothing from that point from Cambridge Analytica or any other data vendor. The Trump campaign had tested the RNC data, and it proved to be vastly more accurate than Cambridge Analytica's, and when it was clear the RNC would be a willing partner, Mr. Trump's campaign was able to rely solely on the RNC.


click link for entire article.


How long did the 2016 U.S. Election Campaign run for ?

So they stopped using the Facebook data for about a month before election day.

How about all the months before that ?



posted on Mar, 20 2018 @ 11:29 AM
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a reply to: Xcathdra

Just added the ATS thread on the OP.

Thanks



posted on Mar, 20 2018 @ 11:36 AM
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a reply to: alldaylong

According to the article, the Trump campaign never used Cambridge's data. They retained Cambridge as a backup, in case the RNC wouldn't cooperate with Trump's campaign. When they accepted Trump as the Republican candidate, the campaign started using the RNC's data and cut Cambridge loose.

In any event, the problem isn't with Trump, or even Cambridge Analytica. The problem is that Facebook apparently violated its privacy policies, and shared data it wasn't supposed to.



posted on Mar, 20 2018 @ 11:38 AM
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originally posted by: AndyFromMichigan
a reply to: alldaylong

According to the article, the Trump campaign never used Cambridge's data. They retained Cambridge as a backup, in case the RNC wouldn't cooperate with Trump's campaign. When they accepted Trump as the Republican candidate, the campaign started using the RNC's data and cut Cambridge loose.

In any event, the problem isn't with Trump, or even Cambridge Analytica. The problem is that Facebook apparently violated its privacy policies, and shared data it wasn't supposed to.


This is the crucial point.




and used nothing from that point from Cambridge Analytica


It doesn't say what they used before that point.

Unless i misread it.



posted on Mar, 20 2018 @ 11:43 AM
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originally posted by: alldaylong

originally posted by: AndyFromMichigan
a reply to: alldaylong

According to the article, the Trump campaign never used Cambridge's data. They retained Cambridge as a backup, in case the RNC wouldn't cooperate with Trump's campaign. When they accepted Trump as the Republican candidate, the campaign started using the RNC's data and cut Cambridge loose.

In any event, the problem isn't with Trump, or even Cambridge Analytica. The problem is that Facebook apparently violated its privacy policies, and shared data it wasn't supposed to.


This is the crucial point.




and used nothing from that point from Cambridge Analytica


It doesn't say what they used before that point.

Unless i misread it.

No, it doesn't. But the Trump connection is a meaningless dog whistle. This is Facebook's scandal.



posted on Mar, 20 2018 @ 11:46 AM
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originally posted by: AndyFromMichigan

originally posted by: alldaylong

originally posted by: AndyFromMichigan
a reply to: alldaylong

According to the article, the Trump campaign never used Cambridge's data. They retained Cambridge as a backup, in case the RNC wouldn't cooperate with Trump's campaign. When they accepted Trump as the Republican candidate, the campaign started using the RNC's data and cut Cambridge loose.

In any event, the problem isn't with Trump, or even Cambridge Analytica. The problem is that Facebook apparently violated its privacy policies, and shared data it wasn't supposed to.


This is the crucial point.




and used nothing from that point from Cambridge Analytica


It doesn't say what they used before that point.

Unless i misread it.

No, it doesn't. But the Trump connection is a meaningless dog whistle. This is Facebook's scandal.


Channel 4 here in The U.K. are tonight broadcasting what went on during the 2016 U.S. election.

More maybe revealed then.


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posted on Mar, 20 2018 @ 11:52 AM
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a reply to: JDmOKI


I don't care if we take down Obama and the Dems along with CA, Facebook and the GOP. Lets root out the scumbags who willfully use intelligence assets to swing votes and engage in cross-border sex trafficking to honeypot their opposition.



posted on Mar, 20 2018 @ 11:53 AM
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originally posted by: 0zzymand0s
a reply to: JDmOKI


I don't care if we take down Obama and the Dems along with CA, Facebook and the GOP. Lets root out the scumbags who willfully use intelligence assets to swing votes and engage in cross-border sex trafficking to honeypot their opposition.


You have restored my faith in the American electorate.



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