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Riot on Facebook post-Cambridge Analytica scandal
Facebook is in an uproar after the news broke, Cambridge Analytics harvested from the data of 50 million users. The company ‘ fell s chief security officer of the supposedly retiring this year, while shares in the basement.
The same newspaper that wrote a scathing exposé about the tactics of the creation of voters-data on Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, wrote a more neutral profile on Barack Obama ‘ s campaign team with the same tactics.
“Facebook is also seen as a source for valuable data about the voters,” reads a line from a 2012 article from The Guardian entitled “Obama, Facebook and the power of friendship: the 2012 data election.”
“The re-election team, Obama for America, and calls his followers to log on to the campaign website via Facebook, so the campaign to access their personal data, and paste it in the Central data store – the largest, most detailed and potentially most powerful in the history of political campaigns,” the passage reads.
The article, which was published at the beginning of President Obama’s re-election campaign, goes on to tout the innovations of his re-election team, Obama for America, even the synchronization, the them “a crack team of some of America’s top data wonks.”
There is a stark difference from the language used in the British newspaper coverage of Cambridge Analytica.
“The data analytics company, worked with Donald Trump, the election team and the win the Brexit campaign harvested a million Facebook profiles of U.S. voters, in one of the tech giant, the largest data breach, and they used to build a powerful software program to predict and influence the decisions at the ballot box,” reads the opening salvo, when the guardian initially, the message in a broke in March Revealed 17 story with the title “: 50 million Facebook profiles, Cambridge Analytica harvested in large breach of data protection.” What follows in the extended article, the outrage of various American and British politicians, as well as tech experts, how sneaky the tactics were, as the data were collected.
Washington-experts have begun to weigh in on what they see as a double standard.
“Facebook had no problem with this activity. You can do it now. There is a reason for that,” conservative commentator Ben Shapiro says in a recent part for The hill.
“As soon as Facebook realized that Cambridge Analytica, had pursued a similar strategy, they suspended the company,” he said elsewhere in the piece.
Obama campaign officials say that their actions should not be compared with the Cambridge Analytica.
Jim Messina, Obama’s campaign manager, provided his statement on Twitter.
“Cambridge Analytica receive your data in a fraudulent manner, washed, by a researcher, paid for the people, an app to be installed,” he wrote. “The ’12 campaign tells the voters what they shared, and for what purpose.”
“The mixing of these two cases, is misleading.”