Documents supplied by a whistleblower insider show that data were used to target Facebook users with personalized Trump campaign ads in violation of Facebook’s policies:
Facebook knew about the misuse of its users’ data but failed to inform them despite laws requiring notification. Only after the news media asked Facebook for comment did it suspend the researcher and third party firm Cambridge Analytica this week. Sleazy Facebook then threatened the news media with legal action:
The researcher was funded by Russia. Cambridge Analytica claims it is responsible for electing Trump as president.
Report: Cambridge Analytica representatives have been caught on video saying they use propaganda, prostitutes and bribes to entrap political candidates and manipulate public opinion during election campaigns worldwide:
Massachusetts’ attorney general announced that an investigation will be launched to determine whether state laws were violated.
Officials in the U.K. described the related data leak involving Brexit as illegal.
Facebook’s stock value dropped $37 billion in one day in the wake of revelations about its failure to protect user data:
News media reported earlier that Russia purchased political ads supporting Trump’s presidential campaign.
Update: Cambridge Analytica has suspended its CEO, who claimed he met “many times” with Trump:
Facebook intentionally avoided trying to protect user data used by Cambridge Analytica. The tech giant routinely gave its members’ data to third party developers despite warnings by its own experts that enemy governments and data brokers would misuse the data:
It is important to understand that Facebook members are not its customers. Instead, Facebook members are the product that is sold to advertisers.
Cambridge Analytica was created in part by Steve Bannon, who would become Trump’s chief campaign strategist, and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was also involved. The firm used focus groups to test using racism against African Americans and support for Putin, Russia’s authoritarian president:
Cambridge Analytica’s goal was to trick people into supporting Trump with propaganda:
Reaction to the revelations about Facebook and Cambridge Analytica:
Here is what you can do to protect your online privacy:
“Delete Facebook” campaign spreads:
Update: A Facebook executive said Facebook will experience strong growth even if terrorists use the social network to kill people:
Update: Facebook now says Cambridge Analytica, the third party firm used by the Trump campaign, may have used the data from up to 87 million people, including 71 million Americans. And it announced that the personal profiles of 2 billion people were exposed:
Facebook allowed developers to access the data of millions of the friends of members:
Facebook helps sleazy advertisers find gullible members who are most likely to be tricked by deceptive ads:
Facebook will begin telling members April 9 whether their data was accessed by Cambridge Analytica, the third party firm that gave data to the Trump campaign:
After becoming one of the world’s wealthiest billionaires by exploiting people’s trust and selling their digital data to unscrupulous companies, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologized today. A little late for that at this point:
An investor’s group is calling for Zuckerberg to resign:
I’ve been telling people for years that they should delete their Facebook accounts, but most users respond as if they are either extremely naive or brainwashed cult members. People are starting to admit to me now, however, that they realize they should have listened to my advice.
C-SPAN 3 is showing Zuckerberg’s live comments before the U.S. Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committee: