Trying to seduce candidates with hookers is not OK. I think most of us assume that this sort of thing happens, but for a company to advocate for such a thing is not kosher. And it appears that Cambridge Analytica advocated using such tactics in a recent BBC expose. This has cost the CEO his job.
However, as the attached article explains, what Cambridge Analytica did generally, gathering information on people via social profiles etc. sounds an awful like the stuff the people in the Obama camp were doing and what Clinton tried to do. It’s just that this time the Dems lost.
As such the current fit.
There is an effort to chill speech online now. The establishment wants to crush the information revolution by instilling even more fear in those who fear a post Obama world. It is amazing the quickness with which one time “liberals” have offered up the freedom to communicate as sacrifice to their perceived “betters.”
It all goes back to the PC thug tactics we see on campuses. There is the effort to keep opposing view points from even being heard at all costs at many schools. Dissent will not be tolerated.
The little kid who points out the the politically correct king isn’t wearing any clothes? He must be muzzled. It’s the same thing we’ve seen in many oppressive autocratic societies throughout history. And now the totalitarians are trying to do it online in in this country.
This should not be happening in the United States. But it is. Anything to delegitimize the deplorables.
(From The Hill)
This isn’t particularly shocking. In 2012, The Guardian reported that President Obama’s reelection team was “building a vast digital data operation that for the first time combines a unified database on millions of Americans with the power of Facebook to target individual voters to a degree never achieved before.”
What, exactly, would Obama be doing? According to The Guardian, Obama’s new database would be gathered by asking individual volunteers to log into Obama’s reelection site using their Facebook credentials. “Consciously or otherwise,” The Guardian states, “the individual volunteer will be injecting all the information they store publicly on their Facebook page — home location, date of birth, interests and, crucially, network of friends — directly into the central Obama database.”
Facebook had no problem with such activity then. They do now. There’s a reason for that. The former Obama director of integration and media analytics stated that, during the 2012 campaign, Facebook allowed the Obama team to “suck out the whole social graph”; Facebook “was surprised we were able to suck out the whole social graph, but they didn’t stop us once they realized that was what we were doing.” She added, “They came to [the] office in the days following election recruiting & were very candid that they allowed us to do things they wouldn’t have allowed someone else to do because they were on our side.”
Not so with Trump. As soon as Facebook realized that Cambridge Analytica had pursued a similar strategy, they suspended the firm.